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A Real American Hero (1978)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 9 December 1978
Bufford Pusser is the Sheriff of a Tennessee County who must go against a former friend, and a group of women who use an old blue law to segregate a recently freed prostitute. To fight them... See full summary »

Director:

Lou Antonio

Writers:

Mort Briskin (characters) (as Morton Briskin), Samuel A. Peeples
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Buford Pusser
Forrest Tucker ... Carl Pusser
Brian Kerwin ... Til Johnson
Ken Howard ... Danny Boy Mitchell
Sheree North ... Carrie Todd
Lane Bradbury Lane Bradbury ... Debbie Pride
Brad David ... Mick Rodgers
Ed Call Ed Call ... Grady Coker (as Edward Call)
W.O. Smith W.O. Smith ... Obra Eaker
Julie Thrasher Julie Thrasher ... Dwana Pusser
Jason Hood Jason Hood ... Mike Pusser
Ann Street Ann Street ... Grandma Pusser
George Boyd George Boyd ... Lloyd Tatum
Maureen Shannon Maureen Shannon ... Amelia Biggins (as Maureen Burns)
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Miles Conway
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Bufford Pusser is the Sheriff of a Tennessee County who must go against a former friend, and a group of women who use an old blue law to segregate a recently freed prostitute. To fight them he uses other old laws that aren't relevant today. Is he ready to face opposition, or will there be any? Written by George Britt <georgebritt@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Stick See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ed Call who plays Grady Cole in A Real American Hero, plays Buford Pussers high school friend in the original Walking Tall (1973). See more »

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[opening narration]
Buford Pusser: The wrong kind of people have had their say for too long and I want to remind them that somewhere in this world there is a little law and order left - to let them know in the only way their kind understands, that they can't bribe or threaten their way and they will damn well pay pay dearly for every crime they commit.
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Followed by Walking Tall (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking Tall
Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Don Williams
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Pretty decent made-for-TV fare
8 November 2009 | by InjunNoseSee all my reviews

"A Real American Hero" looks and feels like what it is: a late '70s telefilm. But it benefits from strong performances by Brian Dennehy as the legendary (or infamous?) Sheriff Buford Pusser, Forrest Tucker as Pusser's father, and Sheree North as an ex-prostitute trying to start over after serving a prison sentence for killing her pimp. Ken Howard is okay as Pusser's moonshining nemesis, but he lays on the phony Southern accent a bit thick. A film like "A Real American Hero" is best viewed on a warm summer night as you relax in your favorite chair, a can of beer in your hand. If you're from my generation (and particularly if you grew up in the Deep South), the car chases and punch-outs will bring back pleasant memories :)


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