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Walking Tall (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime | 2 April 2004 (USA)
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A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.

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Kevin Bray

Writers:

Mort Briskin (earlier screenplay), David Klass (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Bowen ... Sheriff Stan Watkins
Johnny Knoxville ... Ray Templeton
Dwayne Johnson ... Chris Vaughn (as The Rock)
Neal McDonough ... Jay Hamilton
Ashley Scott ... Deni
John Beasley ... Chris Vaughn Sr.
Barbara Tarbuck ... Connie Vaughn
Kristen Wilson ... Michelle Vaughn
Khleo Thomas ... Pete Vaughn
Kevin Durand ... Booth
Andrew Tarbet ... Jimmy
Patrick Gallagher ... Keith
John Stewart ... Rusty
Eric Breker ... Deputy Ralston
Ryan Robbins ... Travis
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Storyline

A pointless fun which while not a true remake - it steaks the title, and very (VERY!) little more. After serving the U.S. military, Chris Vaughn returns to his hometown,? Looking for work. The local mill was closed several years earlier, and in its place; a casino (owned by his former friend, Jay Hamilton), which is the main source of jobs and income; and problems. Chris quickly realises the town's rotten to the core; with mobsters, and a corrupt sheriff, After being elected sheriff, is up to him to clean up the town. Soon,he's fighting against the mobsters to keep his promise. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Stand up, fight back, walk tall. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence, sexual content, drug material and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walking Tall See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,501,114, 4 April 2004

Gross USA:

$46,437,717

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,223,890
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In filming the scene where Chris Vaughn smashes and breaks the tail light of Jay Hamilton's Porsche, Dwayne Johnson actually broke the car's tail light with his stick. (He was only supposed to *pretend* to break the tail light, with a "smashing glass" sound effect to be added later, in post-production.) After breaking the tail light, Johnson suddenly remembered that the Porsche was a rental car, which had been rented for one day to film that specific scene. He called over to his director, "Uh, Kevin, did we just *buy* this $90,000 Porsche?" Director Kevin Bray replied, through his megaphone, "Yes, thanks, Rock!" In the film, you can see actress Cobie Smulders sitting next to Neal McDonough in the Porsche. Her reactive flinch is genuine when Johnson smashes the tail light. See more »

Goofs

When Chris is in the Casino with the 4X4, he walks up to the mirror, Then in slow motion hes seen wining up to throw the 4X4 from his right side. The reflection from the mirror then shows him throwing from his left. See more »

Quotes

[Chris and Ray have torn up Booth's truck as Booth is tied to chair and forced to watch]
Booth: You're gonna get hurt!
[Booth growls at Chris and Ray; they laugh]
Ray Templeton: [laughing] What an idiot!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits begin with a dedication to Buford Pusser, who the story is based on. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes deleted scenes and an alternate ending. See more »

Connections

Remake of Walking Tall (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

La Grange
Written by Billy Gibbons (as Billy F Gibbons), Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
Performed by Wes Cunningham
Courtesy of Songs of Mosaic
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Surprisingly Entertaining Rock Flick ala Chuck Norris
7 January 2006 | by dilbertsupermanSee all my reviews

The Rock takes a page out of the Chuck Norris bible in his rendition of a special forces soldier returning to his home town. He quickly learns things in his hometown are not as he had left them and not for the better. Soon, things come to a head and he has to make a choice as to whether he is going to put up with it, or Walk Tall.

As The Rock himself mentioned- the original Sheriff Buford was a white man in his 40's so remember this is an adaptation of a 1970's movie script that was originally "based" on a true story, so we are a pretty long ways out from accurately representing the original events- this is only representing the SPIRIT of the original true story.

Fabulous fight scenes, a tense script and some funny moments all are reminiscent of the numerous Chuck Norris movies that portrayed a quiet guy that doesn't take any bull-crap from nobody man!

While the script made perfect sense in an earlier time - the Viet Nam era, it doesn't quite fly 100% in this day and age. So suspend a little belief.You may findyourself scratching your head as to how that could happen in this day and age.. well.. it could back then - even though it didn't really haha. However, no mention is made of the actual time period they are trying to represent- yet they mention current items like home depot and cops TV show. The moonshine whiskey sheriff buford fought is updated in this script to be crystal meth/ice.

The acting is surprisingly good for the Rock and he is looking manly in this movie instead of the sculpted eyebrow weirdo looks he has achieved in the past. Instead of looking like a dancer in a gay club like he did in Scorpion King, he looks the rough and tumble part for this role.

His attachment to his family is acted in a clumsy and weak manner but that isn't really important to the script- even if he only sort of likes his family he would still protect them with his life so it still works for the momentum of the movie.

Johnny Knoxville is mainly weak but has some great shining moments where they allow him to be Johnny Knoxville instead of the stupid 1-d concept of his character that seems to be forced on him through the other parts of the flick. At times he is reminiscent of Barney Fife to Rock's Andy. :-)

If you want to READ about the real man that INSPIRED this really great story- http://www.sheriffbufordpusser.com/history1.htm (the welcome page has a picture of him)


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