A Real American Hero

Overview

This made-for-TV actioner was designed as the pilot for a series based on the popular "Walking Tall" films of the 1970s. This time out, a young Brian Dennehy is cast as the stick-wielding, scrupulously honest Tennesse sheriff Bufford Pusser (played in the films by Joe Don Baker and Bo Svenson), with Forrest Tucker repeating his role from Walking Tall: The Final Chapter as Pusser's father. After chasing down a speeding car, Pusser is disgusted to find that its teenaged occupants (two of them dead, two blinded for ...
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Overview

This made-for-TV actioner was designed as the pilot for a series based on the popular "Walking Tall" films of the 1970s. This time out, a young Brian Dennehy is cast as the stick-wielding, scrupulously honest Tennesse sheriff Bufford Pusser (played in the films by Joe Don Baker and Bo Svenson), with Forrest Tucker repeating his role from Walking Tall: The Final Chapter as Pusser's father. After chasing down a speeding car, Pusser is disgusted to find that its teenaged occupants (two of them dead, two blinded for life) are stoned out of their minds on bad bootleg hootch. Bypassing due process and other such legal niceties, Pusser goes on a one-man rampage of destruction in order to square accounts with the evil disco owner-cum-moonshiner responsible for the tragedy. Making things difficult is the fact that one of the villains of the piece is also one of Bufford's oldest pals. A Real American Hero made its CBS debut on December 9, 1978.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene Index; Cast bio; Quiz
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2001
  • UPC: 096009018399
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Rating:

  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Dennehy Buford Pusser
George Boyd Lloyd Tatum
Lane Bradbury Debbie Pride
Charlie Briggs Miles Conway
Maureen Burns Amelia Biggins
Ed Call Grady Coker
Brad Davis Mick Rogers
Jason Hood Mike Pusser
Ken Howard Danny Boy Mitchell
Brian Kerwin Til Johnson
Elizabeth Lane Sabrina Marlowe
Sheree North Carrie Todd
W.O. Smith Obra Eaker
Ann Street Grandma Pusser
Julie Thrasher Dwana Pusser
Forrest Tucker Carl Pusser
Technical Credits
Lou Antonio Director
Don Black Score Composer
Charles Correll Cinematographer
Samuel A. Peeples Teleplay
Jack Poplin Production Designer
Charles A. Pratt Executive Producer
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Houseley Stevenson Editor
Houseley Stevenson Jr. Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Catching Up
2. At Danny's
3. Warning
4. Complaints
5. Family Time
6. Back to Work
7. Enforcement
8. Getting Even
9. After Danny
10. At the Dance
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Biography
   Quiz
      1.
      2.
      3.
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