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Walking Tall (2004)
USA / English
"One man will stand up for what's right. "
A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.
Kevin Durand Booth
Michael Bowen Sheriff Stan Watkins
Barbara Tarbuck Connie Vaughn
John Beasley Chris Vaughn Sr.
Khleo Thomas Pete Vaughn
Ashley Scott Deni
Kristen Wilson Michelle Vaughn
Neal McDonough Jay Hamilton
Johnny Knoxville Ray Templeton
Dwayne Johnson Chris Vaughn
Andrew Tarbet Jimmy
Patrick Gallagher Keith
John Stewart Rusty
Eric Breker Deputy Ralston
Ryan Robbins Travis
Michael Adamthwaite Burke
Darcy Laurie Smitty
Fred Keating Doctor
Ben Cardinal Michelle's Partner
Kett Turton Kenner
Terence Kelly Judge L. Powell
Tom Scholte Atty. Merle Crowe
Mark Houghton County Prosecutor
James Ashcroft Bailiff
Eric Keenleyside Dan Stadler
Aaron Douglas Casino Stickman
Michael Soltis Casino Maintenance Worker
April Telek Casino Waitress (as April Amber Telek)
Sandra Steier Addict Mother
Ben Cotton Drug Dealer
Cobie Smulders Porsche Beauty
Chelsie Amber McEachnie Lap Dancer
Kaja Gjesdal Lap Dancer
Melody Cherpaw Lap Dancer (as Melody Tinesa Cherpaw)
Alana Drozduke Casino Trashy Woman
Sandra Higueras Casino Trashy Woman
Ty Olsson Deputy
Ana Mirkovic Blackjack Dealer
David Purvis Ray's AA Sponsor
Beverley Elliott Nurse
Rita Theresa Edwards Wet T-Shirt Girl
Sara Smith Wet T-Shirt Girl
Douglas Sheridan Boxman
Katina Robillard Dollar Bill Girl
Jacqueline Stewart Girl on Platform
Artine Brown Casino Security (uncredited)
Sandra-Jessica Couturier Casino VIP (uncredited)
Mike Dopud Casino Security (uncredited)
Levi Woods Casino VIP (uncredited)
Director: Kevin Bray
Producer: Ashok Amritraj,Jim Burke,Lucas Foster,David Hoberman,Paul Schiff
Writer: Mort Briskin,David Klass
The Rock is a Star
The Rock is the next great action hero. He has all the requisites. He is handsome, an amazing athlete with an awesome physique, charismatic, intelligent, and funny. His star power carries Kevin Bray's "Walking Tall".

The Rock is great in an entertaining movie. "Walking Tall" though great fun to watch, and capably produced and directed also punctuates that The Rock needs to work on more edgy and quality projects. He is definitely a movie star, who can become a solid actor.

"Walking Tall" has to overcome a very convoluted writing credit. This is not a retelling of the Bufford Pussor story, although its original screen writer, Mort Bristein, is acknowledged. This "Walking Tall" by David Klass, Channing Gibson, David Levien, and Brian Koppelman tells the story of returning Special Forces war hero Chris Vaughn (The Rock), who comes home to a small town outside Seattle. The town mill has been closed down, and his old high school bud, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough), owns the new town casino and pretty much owns the local police too. Jay is not the man he remembered from his youth. Chris is forced to raise his hand reluctantly against Hamilton's men. They leave him for dead, and fortunately Chris survives. So Chris is out to right an injustice, and exact revenge with extreme prejudice. This "Walking Tall" resembles "First Blood" particularly in it's local and plot setting.

Props to Director Kevin Bray for delivering on the story line as Chris exacts his revenge. Bray has a clean and lean style. The action sequences are crisp and dramatic. The Rock truly excels in the fight sequences. For one thing he is an big strong guy, and when he is laying "the smack down" on the villains it is believable and thoroughly enjoyable. The bad guys truly get what they deserve.

The supporting cast is solid. Ashley Scott (almost unrecognizable from the short-lived "Birds of Prey") is good as the stripper with a big heart who is Chris's love interest. Johnny Knoxville (of "Jackass") is funny and charming as Chris's bud and deputy Ray.

I completely enjoyed "Walking Tall". It is a brisk 75 minutes of cool action, and has the star power of The Rock. I look forward to seeing more movies starring The Rock.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 1
Imdb rating: 5.9
Musician: Graeme Revell
Running time: 87 min
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Last modified: 2008-01-02 13:15:40