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Walking Tall (1973)

Walking Tall (1973)

Here's an inspiring tale, partly true, featuring events out of the 'suggested' life of Buford Poser, who it turns out was the 'Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1970'. After surviving seven shootings and eight stabbings, he died in a car accident, though both his daughter and son believed he was murdered. There was no autopsy done. More info about him here.

Reading the story of his life on Wikipedia after watching this movie just makes it all the more intriguing. Apparently the movie was made while he was still alive, and he lost the re-election for sheriff due to its success (aint that strange Arnold?), and he died before they could make the sequel he was supposed to star in. Here, Joe Don Baker convincingly (or so I'd think) plays his role.

It's a way more serious more than the remix with The Rock, even though I do prefer the new one to this. The new one is faster. It's harder. It's not as emotional and not as elaborate, but it packs a punch. This one... it packed baggage. Funerals. Shoot-outs. Each encounter not just a bout of action but in some way also an irrevocable trauma for the main character.

At times the age of this movie takes away certain elements of suspense. The gestures, words, the whole spoken vocabulary not just in the dialog but also in the acting, the props and the technical limitations... if they really made a remake of this, the same way as it was, it'd be on a whole other level than The Rock's Walking Tall. Or maybe this type of tale wouldn't fit as well in the modern world, the type of world where you don't say 'Walking Tall' anymore. The remix doesn't use that phrase even figuratively, just as a title.

But it was a good watch. It had drama, it had action, it had (albeit somewhat cheesy and aged) relations - strained by the chains of evil, and it definitely had better looking cars than you'll see in the remake!

 rated 3/5: not bad

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