Walking Tall

Walking Tall

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Director: Kevin Bray

Cast: Kevin Bray, The Rock, Johnny Knoxville, Neal McDonough


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A man fights to bring decency and the rule of law back to his hometown in this action drama. Chris Vaughn (The Rock) left his home in Washington State's timber country to join the Army, where he distinguished himself as a member of the Special Forces. When his hitch is over, Vaughn decides to return home to help run the family business, a sawmill, but he soon makes…  See more details below


A man fights to bring decency and the rule of law back to his hometown in this action drama. Chris Vaughn (The Rock) left his home in Washington State's timber country to join the Army, where he distinguished himself as a member of the Special Forces. When his hitch is over, Vaughn decides to return home to help run the family business, a sawmill, but he soon makes the unpleasant discovery that things aren't what they once were. Vaughn learns that the town's lumber industry has all but dried up, and an old high school buddy, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough), has turned the city into a den of vice, running a large gambling casino and strip club while selling drugs and women on the side. Angry at this turn of events, and frustrated by local law enforcement officials who are willing to ignore Hamilton's crimes in exchange for kickbacks, Vaughn decides to run for sheriff, and with the help of another old friend, Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville), he wins the election. But Hamilton doesn't take kindly to Vaughn's attempts to clean up the town, and Vaughn discovers Hamilton's henchmen are willing to target his friends, his family, and the woman he loves (Ashley Scott) in order to have their way. Walking Tall was based on Phil Karlson's 1973 action hit of the same name, which was in turn inspired by the true story of Buford Pusser, who was sheriff of Tennessee's McNairy County between 1964 and 1970 and gained fame for his tough tactics against the local criminal element.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Phil Karlson's 1973 cult classic starring Joe Don Baker as southern sheriff Buford Pusser has been thoroughly (and skillfully) overhauled in the making of this satisfying vehicle for rising action star Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. The Rock). Retaining little more than the original's title and basic premise -- a determined citizen becomes sheriff to single-handedly wrest control of his small hometown from the lawless element -- it supplies a surfeit of the bone-crunching action we've come to expect from the Rock. He portrays Chris Vaughn, a U.S. Army Special Forces operative who, after completing his hitch, returns to his rural Northwest community, which is being ravaged by petty crime and widespread drug use. Upon learning that these depredations are byproducts of the outwardly glamorous casino run by his childhood buddy, Jay Hamilton (played by the sublimely smarmy Neal McDonough), Chris ousts the corrupt sheriff and runs for office himself, declaring war on Hamilton and his minions after he wins the election. You can imagine what happens next, and it ain't pretty. In place of Pusser's baseball bat, Vaughn totes a six-foot-long wooden beam, which helps equalize the multi-adversary confrontations he faces at a rate of one per reel. MTV's erstwhile "Jackass," Johnny Knoxville, makes a surprisingly effective second banana as Ray Templeton, and gorgeous Ashley Scott brightens the screen as Deni, the former girlfriend forced by economic hardship to become an exotic dancer at Hamilton's casino. Director Kevin Bray realizes that he's not working with top-notch story material, so he focuses on maintaining a semblance of credibility during the well-staged but highly improbable action sequences. The Rock's pro-wrestling background doesn't qualify him to play Hamlet, but he takes movie work seriously, gets better with each film, and with this raucous popcorn movie demonstrates that he's ready for a shot at the big time.
All Movie Guide - Jason Gibner
While Walking Tall doesn't exactly break any new ground in the world of action movies, it does manage during its lean and mean 86-minute running time to deliver a solid, yet brainless, good time. A remake of the Joe Don Baker film of the same name, this version's first change is the name of its main character from Buford Pusser to Chris Vaughn. Perhaps the filmmakers thought that Buford Pusser just wouldn't be a fitting hero name for the film's star, wrestler The Rock. It is the onscreen charm of The Rock that makes this film a fun ride. In the hands of any other action star, Walking Tall could have turned out to be as thin as the film's barely there premise. In his portrayal of the avenging sheriff in a small Washington town, The Rock comes off not as a bully, but as a good-natured muscleman who loves his family and is really looking out for the little guy. While watching the über-macho Rock go around cleaning up the town with his trusty weapon of choice, it's hard not to let go and pump your fist as you root for him. Every character is a cliché, much of the dialogue falls flat on the ground, and the film's plot and conclusion can be seen from miles away. However, the director understands how to film action at the brisk pace that so many of today's so-called action films lack. Walking Tall steps past all of its obvious flaws and remains, if the audience lets it, a terrifically entertaining time.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Chris Vaughn, Jr
Johnny Knoxville Ray Templeton
Neal McDonough Jay Hamilton
Kristen Wilson Michelle Vaughn
Ashley Scott Deni
Khleo Thomas Pete Vaughn
John Beasley Chris Vaughn Sr.
Barbara Tarbuck Connie Vaughn
Michael Bowen Sheriff Stan Watkins
Kevin Durand Booth
Aaron Douglas Casino Stickman
Ryan Robbins Travis
Andrew Tarbet Jimmy
Patrick Gallagher Keith
John Stewart Rusty
John Stewart Rusty
Eric Breker Deputy Ralston
Michael D. Adamthwaite Burke
Darcy Laurie Smitty
Fred Keating Doctor
Ben Cardinal Michelle's Partner
Kett Turton Kenner
Terence Kelly Judge L. Powell
Tom Scholte Merle Crowe
Mark Houghton County Prosecutor
James Ashcroft Bailiff
Eric Keenleyside Dan Stadler
Michael Soltis Casino Maitenance Worker
April Telek Casino Waitress
Sandra Steier Addict Mother
Ben Cotton Drug Dealer
Cobie Smulders Exotic Beauty
Chelsie Amber McEachnie Lap Dancer
Kaja Gjesdal Lap Dancer
Melody Tinesa Cherpaw Lap Dancer
Alana Drozduke Casino Trashy Woman
Sandra Higueras Casino Trashy Woman
Ty Olsson Deputy
Ana Mirkovic Blackjack Dealer
David Purvis Ray's AA Sponsor
Beverley Elliott Nurse
Rita Theresa Edwards Wet T-Shirt Girl
Sarah Smith Wet T-Shirt Girl
Douglas Sheridan Boxman
Katina Robillard Dollar Bill Girl
Jacqueline Stewart Girl on Platform

Technical Credits
Kevin Bray Director
Mark Aisbett Stunts
Ashok Amritraj Producer,Set Decoration/Design
Carolyn Anderson Stunts
Scott Ateah Stunts
Bill Bannerman Co-producer
Shawn Beaton Stunts
George Bowers Editor
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Jim Burke Producer
Jason Calder Stunts
Sean Cannon Stunts
Doug Chapman Stunts
Julian Chojnacki Camera Operator
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Vince Crestejo Stunts
Mark Curry Sound Mixer
Mike Dopud Stunts
Glenn Ennis Stunts
Ryan Ennis Stunts
Mark Fielding Stunts
Lucas Foster Producer
Greg Fox Camera Operator
Marcienne Friesland Associate Producer
Channing Gibson Screenwriter
Kevin Hall Camera Operator
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Randi Hiller Casting
Tara R. Hinecker Costumes/Costume Designer
David Hoberman Producer
Nicola Irwin Set Decoration/Design
Robert Ivison Editor
Yvette Jackson Stunts
Brad Kelly Stunts
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Kirzinger Stunts
David Klass Screenwriter
Brian Koppelman Screenwriter
David Levien Screenwriter
Mick MacKay Asst. Director
David L. MacLeod Art Director,Asst. Director
Glen MacPherson Cinematographer
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Vince McMahon Executive Producer
Steve McMichael Stunts
Roxanne Methot Art Director
Paul Mitchnick Camera Operator
Rick Moore Stunts
Neil Jones Stunts
Gerald Paetz Stunts
Rick Pearce Stunts
Gersha Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Tanoai Reed Stunts
Graeme Revell Score Composer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Keith Samples Executive Producer
John Sampson Stunts
Christopher Sayour Stunts
Darryl Scheelar Stunts
Paul Schiff Producer
Ryan Schroeder Stunts
Sharon Simms Stunts
Shawn Stewart Stunts
Adam Swart Musical Direction/Supervision
Brent Thomas Production Designer
Owen Walstrom Stunts
John Wardlow Stunts
Robin Webb Stunts
Claire Webb Stunts
Gerald Wong Stunts

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Walking Tall 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
thegodofthebassguitar More than 1 year ago
one very lousy remake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like all of his other movie that he was in, but this movie I think fit him. It was ok, I guess. Buy it, if its on sale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this movie i have seen it a lot of times and will recomend it to any fan of the rock.The rock is so aswome of how he takes this small town of his and brings it back how it was befor he left to go fight. The reall chris vans is who the movie is about i will not say any more than you have to see this movie it's one of my many #1 movies and i can't waite to buy it the rock is sooooooooooooo good in this movie.joanna.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It`s nise to see that there are still people with principles.Mr Dwayne Johnson was perfect,for this role.Just like someone who has had seen to mutch but is still disciplinary and loving.Sir....please stay so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Rock is not expected to be a great actor but even this crappy performance astounded me. The poor sheriff is always outnumbered against the evil casino. I don't find that in many casino towns.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This abomination is a sad commentary about the state of affairs in moviemaking today. This just may news to you all, but the original Walking Tall that starred Joe Don Baker was based on a TRUE STORY! The real life Buford Pusser actually did serve as Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee and did in fact barely survived an ambush that killed his wife and half his face blown away. Let's call this version for what it really is, plagerism and theft.
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