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  • Actors: Bo Svenson, Walter Barnes, Harold Sylvester, Courtney Pledger, Jeff Lester
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1EHQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walking Tall - The Complete TV Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Features 7 episodes on 2 discs
  • Bonus Previews

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Not to be confused with the popular movies of the same name, Walking Tall – The Complete Series is a two-disc set containing seven episodes made for NBC television in 1981. Bo Svenson, who replaced Joe Don Baker as Sheriff Buford Pusser for the 1975 sequel to the original 1973 film (the 2004 remake featured Chris "the Rock" Vaughan), stars again as the no-nonsense rural lawman who uses a high-falutin' moral sensibility and a large club to keep order. Svenson is no Olivier (or Baker, for that matter), but pretty much anyone would have a tough time lifting this show above its level of mediocrity. What we have here is cornpone with a conscience, The Dukes of Hazzard with principles, tackling big issues (teen drug use in "The Killing of McNeal Country's Children," racism in "The Protectors of the People," industrial pollution in "Deadly Impact") with all the subtlety and nuance of Pusser's two-by-four, featuring villains who are beady-eyed, white trash lowlifes, mealy-mouthed corporate liars, or other stereotypes. And while Pusser freely delivers sententious pronouncements like "the law is this county's gotta stand for something other than just right or wrong" and lectures the townspeople about what's best for them and his families ("I'd think about that if I were you"), when things go too far he's only too ready to take matters into his own hands and bust a few heads, the law be damned. On the other hand, it's fun to see pre-stardom guest turns by actors like Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street films) and Eric Stoltz, along with former NFL star Merlin Olsen, who does a decent job as a former friend-turned-bad guy in "The Hitman." Although there is plenty of violence, none of it's particularly grisly by new millennium standards, and Walking Tall's touting of traditional family values will certainly have its adherents. The DVD set incudes no bonus features. --Sam Graham

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Svenson makes a great Buford.
Glen Jacobs
I have always liked "WALKING TALL' series.Ilike to see him bring justce to wrongdoers.I also like to see that "BIG STICK " go against a wrogdoer's head.
bro
Fullscreen dvd looks and sounds good.
Seahorse

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Glen Jacobs on March 27, 2006
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For me, Bo Svenson IS Buford Pusser. Of course Joe Don Baker played the role in the first (And many say the BEST) film.

But growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, it was Svenson's version that I saw the most. Svenson played the part on film, in Part II:Walking Tall, and Final Chapter:Walking Tall.

And in 1981, Svenson picked up the club again for this short lived TV show.

I was 12 when the show came out and I loved it. I had seen the 2nd and 1st film (in that order) and the story hooked me. I watched every show.(Which is not a big deal, since only 7 were made, but still.)

When I found out the DVD set of the show was coming out, I jumped at it. But I knew that what I loved at age 12 might seem silly now.

That is not the case. If you are a fan of the film series, and not a hardcore "Joe Don is Buford" fan, then you should enjoy this try at a TV show.

I don't think there is a 'clunker' in the set. Sure, some of the plots have been done before, and you may figure out the 'twists' early on, but they are great fun to watch.

Svenson makes a great Buford. Some say he looked more like him then Joe Don did.

The theme song stayed with me all these years, and it was a joy to hear it once again.

And some posters have already mentioned the great guest stars-here's one they missed: Chuck Conners. Though he doesn't go 'one on one' with Svenson's Buford, he is good in his role.

if you are a 'Walking Tall' fan, this is a must buy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By greg6363 on January 16, 2006
I thought they produced 13 episodes but it appears only 7 episodes are in the set. My memory must not be serving me too well. I remember this show coming on NBC as a mid-season replacement (1980-81) on Saturday nights. The late Brandon Tartikoff talks about this series in his book The Last Great Ride and how he couldn't understand why it wasn't a success with the conservative tide sweeping the country on the heels of Reagan's election.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Mitchell on March 12, 2006
Loved this series! I'm glad it was released on DVD. The writing was great for the time period and Bo Svensen did Buford Pusser justice. The Music was perfect for the show. Edd Kaleoff is a master. Enjoyed the title theme as well brilliantly sung by Brad Mercer. Will enjoy this DVD for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seahorse on November 28, 2008
After reading the Buford Pusser biography by W.R. Morris, the fiction of the walking tall movies started with the first film not the television series. Liberties were taken while pusser was present during the first film and because of that it opened the door for more and more fiction. How accurate was "tombstone"? not very much. More trouble comes to town in different varieties as sheriff Pusser tackles kidnappers, good friends gone bad, corporations, drug dealers, kkk, and mercenaries. As far as entertainment level the WT television series is better than the sequels and is probably just behind the original w/Joe Don Baker. Bo plays the sherrif without political correctness, treats everyone equally and tells it like it is. No cop on television today does that or has the presence that Svenson had, they are too hip, cool and hiding behind shades. There is more action in these episodes than in WT 2,3 and the drama is very good with Svenson giving a great performance. Fullscreen dvd looks and sounds good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on July 8, 2007
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The original WALKING TALL movie shocked people of the time with its violence and straight forward, no-nonsense route to justice. To a lesser degree, the sequels tried to do the same thing. In the case of this series, an attempt was made to commercialize the idea. The attempt was not all that successful.

The movie worked because of a desire to see justice and because of a frustration with the system. In that context, Sheriff Buford Pusser's violence made sense. In the TV series, however, it is another matter. The violence and disregard of the system is present just for the sake of excitement.

The acting is a mixed bag as are the plots. There has been much worse which has lasted longer on TV. This show, only lasted for 7 episodes. That was enough.

Episode synopses follow:

The Killing of McNeal County's Children - Someone is selling PCP cigarettes in the local school and Sheriff Pusser is on the warpath trying to shut down sales. He wants action and will let the law catch up as best it can.

The Protectors of the People - Tensions flare when some white supremacists try to incite racial violence and blame the black community for crimes they committed themselves. It comes to a head when a black deputy is framed for raping a white woman.

Kidnapped - A bank robbery goes wrong and the head robber gets shot and arrested. That leaves his sons looking for a way to spring him. They decide to stage a kidnapping to get their dad back.

The Hitman - A big time vice operator is trying to get set up again in McNeal County and the Sheriff is making things difficult. To get around those difficulties, a hit man is hired. This hit man is an old friend of the Sheriff.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rob1965 on December 30, 2005
At last the series Walking Tall is coming to DVD. Merlin Olson, of Little House, guest stars as a hitman as well as Chuck Connors, L.Q. Jones, Ralph Bellamy and William Sanderson.
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Mar 24, 2006 by TV Tuner |  See all 2 posts
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I think because of the far stretch they were taking by basing this show in current times (with a Sheriff that had been out of office for 10 years and dead for 6),they wanted to create a "fictional" county for this legendary lawman to operate in.Without a doubt,they were not trying to be... Read More
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You're right. I noticed it as well. There are several instances of stock footage used among the 7 episodes.
Apr 18, 2006 by greg6363 |  See all 3 posts
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Unfortunately, it was up against the ABC juggernaut (Love Boat/Fantasy Island) in its Saturday night time slot (10 Eastern/9 Central) and couldn't muster the ratings to justify a continued run.
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