- Released in 1973 | Color
- Running Time: 125 Min.
- Production Co: Bing Crosby Productions
- Distribution Co: Cinerama Releasing Corporation (1973) (USA) (theatrical) | Ambassador Film Distributors (Canada)
- Directed by Phil Carlson
- Written by Mort Briskin, Stephen Downing, John Michael Hayes
- Starring Joe Don Baker, Gene Evans, Noah Beery Jr, Rosemary Murphy.
- Produced by Joel Briskin, Mort Briskin, Charles A. Pratt
- Original Music by Walter Scharf
- Cinematography by Jack A. Marta
- Film Editing by Harry W. Gerstad
- Take your best shot... 'cause it'll probably be your last.
- The all time box office champ!
- Buford "The Bull" made them pay for every sin!
- He was going to give them law and order or die trying.
- A real man who became a living legend!
- The measure of a man is how tall he walks.
- Buford Pusser: the man who became a legend in our time.
The title of the movie comes from one of the real-life Pusser's favorite sayings "the measure of a man is how tall he walks."
This is a real life story of Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser. Pusser (Joe Don Baker) tries to remove Southern mafia corruption in his small Tennessee/Mississippi border county. The State Line Gang attacks him, his family, and anyone who tries to help him. Eventually, Pusser recuperates, and returns with a vengeance....and, a four-foot-long wooden stick. Walking Tall really is a cult classic and was well-received at the box-office. Followed by two sequels Walking Tall Part II (1975) and Final Chapter: Walking Tall (1977) and a TV series called A Real American Hero.