Walking Tall (2004)



Critic Consensus: The Rock makes a competent hero, but the movie is content to let a 2x4 do all the talking.

Movie Info

Chris Vaughn is a retired soldier who returns to his hometown to make a new life for himself, only to discover his wealthy high school rival, Jay Hamilton, has closed the once-prosperous lumber mill to turn the town's resources towards his own criminal gains. The town is now overrun with crime, drugs and violence. Enlisting the help of his old pal Ray Templeton, Chris gets elected sheriff and vows to shut down Hamilton's operations. His actions endanger his family and threaten his own life, but … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense violence, sexual content, drug material and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Channing Gibson, David Klass, Brian Koppelman, David Levien
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 2004
Box Office: $45.9M


as Jay Hamilton Jr.

as Ray Templeton

as Chris Vaughn Sr.

as Connie Vaughn

as Michelle Vaughn

as Pete Vaughn

as Sheriff Stan Watkins

as Deputy Ralston

as Michelle's Partner

as Kenner

as Judge L. Powell

as Merle Crowe

as County Prosecutor

as Dan Stadler

as Casino Stickman

as Casino Maintenance W...

as Casino Waitress

as Casino Waitress

as Addict Mother

as Drug Dealer

as Exotic Beauty

as Lap Dancer

as Casino Trashy Woman

as Casino Trashy Woman

as Deputy

as Blackjack Dealer

as Ray's AA Sponsor

as Wet T-Shirt Girl

as Wet T-Shirt Girl

as Wet T-Shirt Girl

as Dollar Bill Girl

as Girl on Platform
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Critic Reviews for Walking Tall

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (40)

...a passable yet forgettable action extravaganza.

Full Review… | April 6, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

OK as a WWE grudge match, but not as a movie.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Dwayne Johnson scores another fun action adventure with competent acting, great fights, and good direction.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Like the hicksploitation genre from which it was spawned, Walking Tall is long on violence and short on police procedure.

November 17, 2006
Christianity Today

It is not quite violent, drunken, or naked enough to be as trashily entertaining as the Patrick Swayze cult favorite Roadhouse.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006

The Rock does Billy Jack, and the director catches an early flight home.

Full Review… | January 11, 2006

Audience Reviews for Walking Tall

It's the early years of the The Rock stepping out of the ring into the Hollywood silver screen, and surprisingly, he brought enough charisma to elevate a mediocre film to higher heights, and so he did with "Walking Tall". The story: out of whack for sure. The dialogue: horrible. And the movie as a whole is rife with cliches, but it's easy to relax and enjoy a flick like this all due to the electrifying energy that Dwayne Johnson throws onto the screen. It's just another cable television guilty pleasure that'll surprisingly keep you interested throughout.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


Walking Tall had the potential of being something very good. Instead the film is a disappointing action film with a meager cast. The film could have been done much better than this, and though it had an interesting story, the film falls apart halfway through. The thing that is shocking about the film is that it started well enough to be a good film, but like I said halfway through the film things start to fall apart, the film goes all over the place, and it doesn't try whatsoever to really redeem itself. This is disappointing because the film had such a great story. This film ends up being terrible, and being one of the worst action films in recent memory. I found it surprising to see Johnny Knoxville in a somewhat serious role, and to his credit, he wasn't bad in this. The actors do what they can with the lacking second half, but it's too late. Walking Tall is a mediocre action film that doesn't have anything really interesting to offer and it's a shame because the film started off well enough. This is a perfect example of screenwriters not being to effectively develop a solid second half to a solid first half. This film could have been terrific, but it fails and the film is quite unsatisfying in the end. A good first half but disappointing second make Walking Tall a film that really isn't effective, and with a good concept, it could have been a terrific action film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Great Movie! Never get tired of watching it, The Rock is the shit!

After eight years serving the U.S. Army Special Forces, Sergeant Chris Vaughn returns to his hometown seeking for a job in the local mill. He is informed by Sheriff Stan Watkins that the mill was closed six months ago and now the Wild Cherry Casino, owned by his former high school friend Jay Hamilton, is the major source of jobs and income to the town. Chris goes home, and meets his best-friend Ray Templeton, who organized a football game with their friends. After the game, Jay invites Chris and his friends to spend the night in his casino on him, but when Chris finds that the casino stick-man is cheating with the dices, he fights against the security men and is almost killed by them. When his nephew Pete has an OD with amphetamines sold by the security men of the casino, Chris realizes that the town is dominated by the mobsters and the corrupt sheriff and with a huge piece of wood, he breaks the casino and the criminals. He is prosecuted and in the trial, he promises to the jury and to the population that if he is considered non-guilty, he would be candidate to the sheriff position and clean the town. Later, Sheriff Chris Vaughn has to fight against the organized crime to keep his promise.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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