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A Real American Hero (1978)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 9 December 1978
Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser attempts to stop a moonshiner whose bad liquor has blinded several teens.

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Lou Antonio

Writers:

Mort Briskin (characters) (as Morton Briskin), Samuel A. Peeples
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Buford Pusser
Forrest Tucker ... Carl Pusser
Brian Kerwin ... Til Johnson
Ken Howard ... Danny Boy Mitchell
Sheree North ... Carrie Todd
Lane Bradbury ... Debbie Pride
Brad David ... Mick Rodgers
Ed Call Ed Call ... Grady Coker (as Edward Call)
W.O. Smith W.O. Smith ... Obra Eaker
Julie Thrasher Julie Thrasher ... Dwana Pusser
Jason Hood Jason Hood ... Mike Pusser
Ann Street Ann Street ... Grandma Pusser
George Boyd George Boyd ... Lloyd Tatum
Maureen Shannon Maureen Shannon ... Amelia Biggins (as Maureen Burns)
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Miles Conway
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Storyline

Bufford Pusser is the Sheriff of a Tennessee County who must go against a former friend, and a group of women who use an old blue law to segregate a recently freed prostitute. To fight them he uses other old laws that aren't relevant today. Is he ready to face opposition, or will there be any? Written by George Britt <georgebritt@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Letter of the Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ed Call who plays Grady Cole in A Real American Hero, plays Buford Pusser's high school friend in the original Walking Tall (1973). See more »

Quotes

[opening narration]
Buford Pusser: The wrong kind of people have had their say for too long and I want to remind them that somewhere in this world there is a little law and order left - to let them know in the only way their kind understands, that they can't bribe or threaten their way and they will damn well pay pay dearly for every crime they commit.
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Follows Walking Tall (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking Tall
Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Don Williams
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Surprisingly dull
7 February 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

The three original theatrical "Walking Tall" movies eventually lead to a short-lived television series in 1981, but three years earlier there was apparently an attempt by the makers of the theatrical movies to bring the legend of Buford Pusser as a TV series. It was with this made-for-TV movie, a series pilot in disguise. After seeing it, it's probably best these guys didn't get the green light to make a series. It's a really slow and dull movie. Though the movie starts off with Pusser's pursuit of moonshiners, it soon forgets to focus on this plot, and instead focuses on unnecessary characters and subplots. There is also a lack of action; after the opening car chase and disco smash-up, there's no more action for the next hour or so. That previously mentioned action, as well as the climatic action sequence, are flatly directed and have no excitement at all. And while Brian Dennehy may seem like a good choice to play Busser, his performance here lacks spark. He seems very uninterested in every scene he is. The 1981 television series (made by different people) was far from a great show, but it was still a lot better than this sorry TV pilot!


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