Walking Tall

MGM Released 2004




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Kevin Bray

Walking Tall is a story based on the real-life experiences of Sheriff Buford Pusser, who waged a one-man war on crime in his small Southern town during the late 1960s. Chris Vaughn is a man who has recently come home to the small town where he grew up in Washington State after serving for years as a sergeant in the U.S. Army's Special Forces. Upon arriving, he's surprised to learn the cedar mill that was once responsible for the town's income has shut down, replaced by a casino. The casino's owner, Jay Hamilton, has been using his power as the town's economic lifeline to earn himself a fortune through unethical and often illegal business practices. Enraged by the corruption of his hometown, Chris begins a campaign of justice against Hamilton and his crew, determined to rid the town of crime and restore the town's honest livelihood.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Moves along at a clip and provides a terrific action lead for Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Walking Tall has no more fat on it than the Rock himself, a hulking yet curiously ingratiating presence who seems the most likely candidate to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This Walking Tall does have the Rock, and that, both physically and metaphorically, is no small thing.

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    • Production Budget - $46,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $46,437,717 (68th)
      Worldwide Gross - $57,223,890 (87th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $61,019,609
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $75,192,744

    • Other Production Companies:
      Hyde Park Entertainment
      Mandeville Films
      Burke/Samples/Foster Productions
      WWE Films
      Cub Eight Productions

    • Filming locations include:
      Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
      Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    • Tagline:
      One man will stand up for what's right.

    • Music:
      Midnight Rider
      Written by Gregg Allman, Robert Kim Payne
      Performed by Gregg Allman
      Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree
      Written by L. Russell Brown & Irwin Levine
      Performed by Tony Orlando & Dawn
      Higher Ground
      Written by Stevie Wonder
      Performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Crashin' a Party
      (Main w/out Rap)
      Written by Lumidee (as Lumidee Cedeno), Teddy Mendez, Edwin Perez, Noreaga (as Victor Santiago)
      Performed by Lumidee
      Tell Me
      Written by David "Leggo" Rojas and Francci Richard
      Performed by Francci Richard
      Written by Willie Beck, Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner,
      Marshall E. Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce,
      , Clarence Satchell, James 'Diamond' Williams
      Performed by Ohio Players
      She Loves Animals
      Written by Robert Lippok, Ronald Lippok, Stefan Maria Schneider (as Stefan Schneider)
      Performed by To Rococo Rot
      Set It Off
      (Remix by Tobias Neumann
      Written and Performed by Peaches
      Written by Mark De Gli Antoni, Mike Doughty,
      Yuval Gabay, Sebastian Steinberg
      Performed by Soul Coughing
      The Ant & The Ardvaark
      Performed by Doug Goodwin
      Five Feet High and Rising
      Written & Performed by Johnny Cash
      Right Place, Wrong Time
      Written by Dr. John
      Performed by Dr. John
      La Grange
      Written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
      Performed by Wes Cunningham
      Blue Monday
      Written by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris,
      Bernard Sumner
      Performed by Flunk
      Feelin' Alright
      Written by Dave Mason
      Performed by Joe Cocker


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