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Real American Hero

3.6 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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Brian Dennehey plays real-life Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser. One day he stops a car driving erratically, and is disgusted when he discovers that two of the teenage occupants are dead and two are permanently blinded because all four of them had drank locally-made moonshine. Buford decides to go on a one-man destructive rampage against the disco-owner and the moonshiner responsible for the teen's misfortunes. Buford also protects aging former prostitute Carrie Todd (North), who just wants to live a normal life in the small town after just being released from prison for murdering her pimp.

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  • Actors: Brian Dennehy, Forrest Tucker, Ken Howard, Sheree North, Brian Kerwin
  • Directors: Lou Antonio
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Reel Enterprises
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PDZRWI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,006 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The real life hero, Buford Pusser has been portrayed by Joe Don Baker, Bo Svenson, and the great Brian Dennehy, who gives the best performance in this wonderful made for TV movie. I highly recommend it, even to those who haven't even heard of Buford Pusser because Dennehy gives a performance that is not to be missed. Plus the action is top notch. A wonderful movie starring the wonderful Brian Dennehy.
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This made for TV movie has the look of a series pilot, a series did come out soon after, but filmed in Cailifornia. This film was made on the same locations as the Walking Tall films and has much of the same feel. The story is fictional but is inspired by Buford Pusser's unconventional law enforcement activities. Brian Dennehy is more big than tall but he does exibit the compassion vs. rage of Sheriff Pusser as well as his ability to use the law as well as work outside it to do his job.

During Pusser's carreer his most deadly foes were Louise Hathcock and Carl White, who both owned dives on the Tn/Miss stateline. In Walking Tall Pusser dealt with a fictional version of Hathcock- called Callie. In this film his foe is Danny Boy played Ken Howard. Danny Boy seems be be a fictional, but somewhat more likeable version of White, who was a lieutenant in the so-called Dixie Mafia. Both White and Danny Boy run bars that are busted up by Pusser and both White/Danny Boy hire killers to ambush Pusser on the hiway. In real/reel life Pusser, not bothering to to get a warrent, pays White/Danny boy a visit and gives an unauthorized butt kicking.

Dispite being made for TV this film has plenty and believable violence. It is also fast moving. Don Williams provides a good song, actually another verse of the Johnny Mathis song, written by Don black that was featured in 1973's Walking Tall. In many ways this is the true Walking Tall II.
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I gotta say as much as I like Brian Dennehy, this movie was truly awful. The sound was bad and the movie from what I saw either did not transfer to DVD well or just is of poor quality. I turned it off within 30 minutes.
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I have read and watched everything about former Sheriff Buford Pusser. And I like Brian Dennehy as an actor since his first films. But this movie was not very good. A lot of liberties were taken with the true story and a much cleaner version of the real events. It was disappointing. But It killed a couple hours and that has some merit, and the price was right, too.
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It was a toned down story of Pusser, but showed a piece of Americana that has disappeared in our society today. Greed, Gambling, Victimizing the victims and excusing the criminals or giving them little prison sentences is now our society.
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The quality of the picture and sound was so poor I turned it off after only a few minutes. Some of this old film just cannot be turned into digital product successfully. Amazon should screen the product more carefully before listing as one of it's titles.
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The story was hokie but I can understand how it would have fit into the time period it was made. Brian Dennehy was younger of course. If you like him then watch the movie. I quit after about 12 minutes.
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Here's the TV-movie version of the Buford Pusser story. Although it is not nearly as gripping as the theatrical film "Walking Tall" (starring Joe Don Baker), it is definitely a cut above the awful sequels with Bo Svenson. Brian Dennehy, as usual, delivers a solid performance, and his fans will enjoy it. It's not a great film, but not bad, either. It's definitely worth a look, just for Dennehy's performance.
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