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Walking Tall 

Sheriff Buford Pusser maintains law and order in McNeal County, Tennessee, with the help of his loving family, loyal staff, and a large club he calls his "pacifier".
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Complete series cast summary:
Bo Svenson ...  Sheriff Buford Pusser 7 episodes, 1981
Walter Barnes ...  Carl Pusser 7 episodes, 1981
Harold Sylvester ...  Deputy Aaron Fairfax 7 episodes, 1981
Courtney Pledger Courtney Pledger ...  Deputy Joan Litton 7 episodes, 1981
Jeff Lester ...  Deputy Grady Spooner 7 episodes, 1981
Heather McAdam ...  Dwana Pusser 7 episodes, 1981
Rad Daly ...  Michael Pusser 7 episodes, 1981
Ivan Bonar ...  Judge Hines 2 episodes, 1981
John Christy Ewing John Christy Ewing ...  District Attorney Owens 2 episodes, 1981
Macon McCalman ...  Doc Spencer 2 episodes, 1981
Marland Proctor ...  Deputy Wiley 2 episodes, 1981
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Storyline

Buford Pusser is the big, brawling sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee. He uses a 4-foot club to enforce the law and is hated by the local criminals. His wife Pauline was killed in an assassination attempt on Buford; he must now raise his two children, Michael and Dwana, with the help of his father Carl while chasing the criminals. Written by shmv

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uno sceriffo contro tutti See more »

Filming Locations:

Newhall, California, USA

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Runtime:

(7 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the seventh and last episode, Pussar's famous stick breaks. He's left standing with the broken-off handle in his hand. See more »

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Version of Walking Tall (2004) See more »

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Walking Tall
Music by Edd Kalehoff
Lyrics by Victor Sonder
Performed by Brad Mercer
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Entertaining
19 March 2006 | by crjohn68See all my reviews

I have studied the real life of Buford Pusser. Shy of making it yet to McNairy County, I have all the books on him that I know of, and that provide true facts. I also own the movies and recently bought the TV series on DVD.

The movies were entertaining however, according to the biographies, some of the facts were switched around and parts were added to the movies. The disclosure at the end allows Bing Crosby Production to do this. Comparing the movies to the TV series, I have to agree with Paul-308. Though it was the actor, Mr. Svenson, and the name was them same the feeling watching the series was not the same. The series is entertaining but it just didn't seem like "Walking Tall." They changed the county name to McNeal instead of McNairy. (That in itself I don't understand.) Then the modern cars? I noticed that they changed the type of rotary lights on the cruisers in the series from what sheriff Pusser and Movies actually had. (trivial I know.) Sheriff Pusser made his mark in history as a law enforcement official. He later lost his life (in my opinion because of it.) I think it would be more meaningful to people if he were honored for this by staying with the facts.

I apologize if I have offended anyone with what I have said.


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