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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 Chris refuses to back down until his hometown once again feels like home.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense violence, sexual content, drug material and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: David Klass, Channing Gibson, David Levien, Brian Koppelman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 2004
Box Office: $45.9M


Neal McDonough
as Jay Hamilton Jr.
Johnny Knoxville
as Ray Templeton
John Beasley
as Chris Vaughn Sr.
Barbara Tarbuck
as Connie Vaughn
Kristen Wilson
as Michelle Vaughn
Khleo Thomas
as Pete Vaughn
Michael Bowen
as Sheriff Stan Watkins
Eric Breker
as Deputy Ralston
Ben Cardinal
as Michelle's Partner
Terence Kelly
as Judge L. Powell
Tom Scholte
as Merle Crowe
Mark Houghton
as County Prosecutor
Eric Keenleyside
as Dan Stadler
Aaron Douglas
as Casino Stickman
Michael Soltis
as Casino Maintenance W...
April Telek
as Casino Waitress
Sandra Steier
as Addict Mother
Ben Cotton
as Drug Dealer
Cobie Smulders
as Exotic Beauty
Kaja Gjesdal
as Lap Dancer
Alana Drozduke
as Casino Trashy Woman
Sandra Higueras
as Casino Trashy Woman
Ty Olsson
as Deputy
Ana Mirkovic
as Blackjack Dealer
David Purvis
as Ray's AA Sponsor
Rita Theresa Edwards
as Wet T-Shirt Girl
Sarah Smith
as Wet T-Shirt Girl
Sara Smith
as Wet T-Shirt Girl
Katina Robillard
as Dollar Bill Girl
Jacqueline Stewart
as Girl on Platform
April Amber Telek
as Casino Waitress
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News & Interviews for Walking Tall

Critic Reviews for Walking Tall

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (40)

In many ways, this is better than the original.

Full Review… | January 17, 2016
Fat Guys at the Movies

...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

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

Walking Tall Quotes

Chris Vaughn Jr: You're right, Jay. This does change our relationship. You're under arrest.
– Submitted by Denmark H (4 years ago)

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