Walking Tall Reviews
It's sort of like a country version of Dirty Harry. Very macho type of film with some good drama thrown in.
The story carries the movie: that of a former wrestler and bear of a man who returns home only to find the outlaws (kinda) have overtaken the town. He fights them a bit, the decides the only way to really effect change is to become the sheriff. So he does, but the fight does not get any easier. I will say this: it was evidently good enough to remake with Dwayne Johnson a few years back. And even back in the 70s, there were two sequels. So while it easy to judge it (but I do watch lots of old movies and it's still relatively shoddy even against movies of its own era), it was definitely a success in its day.
My dad is particularly fond of Joe Don Baker as the hero Buford Pusser. I think he could be the weak link. As one who does not like the hick-ish view of things, this reincarnation of a real life Pusser strikes me as an anti-intellect. Sure, he looks cool with his big stick when he's bashing in brains, but what if your shit gets stolen and you need someone to actually investigate something? Yeah, yeah, not quite the storyline in an action flick.