• Frys.com #6717275
  • Manufacturer: MGM
  • UPC #883904235194
  • Model #M123519


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    (Manufacturer # M123519 )

      A man fights to bring decency and the rule of law back to his hometown in this action drama. Chris Vaughn (The Rock) left his home in Washington State's timber country to join the Army, where he distinguished himself as a member of the Special Forces. When his hitch is over, Vaughn decides to return home to help run the family business, a sawmill, but he soon makes the unpleasant discovery that things aren't what they once were. Vaughn learns that the town's lumber industry has all but dried up, and an old high school buddy, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough), has turned the city into a den of vice, running a large gambling casino and strip club while selling drugs and women on the side. Angry at this turn of events, and frustrated by local law enforcement officials who are willing to ignore Hamilton's crimes in exchange for kickbacks, Vaughn decides to run for sheriff, and with the help of another old friend, Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville), he wins the election. But Hamilton doesn't take kindly to Vaughn's attempts to clean up the town, and Vaughn discovers Hamilton's henchmen are willing to target his friends, his family, and the woman he loves (Ashley Scott) in order to have their way. Walking Tall was based on Phil Karlson's 1973 action hit of the same name, which was in turn inspired by the true story of Buford Pusser, who was sheriff of Tennessee's McNairy County between 1964 and 1970 and gained fame for his tough tactics against the local criminal element. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    Movie Type
    Movie Level Themes
      Fighting the System, Rogue Cops, Police Corruption, Unlikely Heroes
    Movie Level Tones
      Forceful, Rousing, Gritty
      AMG Rating


        While Walking Tall doesn't exactly break any new ground in the world of action movies, it does manage during its lean and mean 86-minute running time to deliver a solid, yet brainless, good time. A remake of the Joe Don Baker film of the same name, this version's first change is the name of its main character from Buford Pusser to Chris Vaughn. Perhaps the filmmakers thought that Buford Pusser just wouldn't be a fitting hero name for the film's star, wrestler The Rock. It is the onscreen charm of The Rock that makes this film a fun ride. In the hands of any other action star, Walking Tall could have turned out to be as thin as the film's barely there premise. In his portrayal of the avenging sheriff in a small Washington town, The Rock comes off not as a bully, but as a good-natured muscleman who loves his family and is really looking out for the little guy. While watching the ber-macho Rock go around cleaning up the town with his trusty weapon of choice, it's hard not to let go and pump your fist as you root for him. Every character is a clich, much of the dialogue falls flat on the ground, and the film's plot and conclusion can be seen from miles away. However, the director understands how to film action at the brisk pace that so many of today's so-called action films lack. Walking Tall steps past all of its obvious flaws and remains, if the audience lets it, a terrifically entertaining time. ~ Jason Gibner, Rovi


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