Walking Tall

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Walking Tall (1973, USA) is a Crime film directed by Phil Carlson.


Main Details

  • 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.

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