A Real American Hero

A Real American Hero

Brian Dennehy
Director: Lou Antonio Cast: Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
, Lane Bradbury
Lane Bradbury
, Ken Howard
Ken Howard
Lou Antonio


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This made-for-TV actioner was designed as the pilot for a series based on the popular Walking Tall films of the 1970s. This time out, a young Brian Dennehy is cast as the stick-wielding, scrupulously honest Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser (played in the films by Joe Don Baker and Bo Svenson), with Forrest Tucker repeating his role from Walking Tall: The Final Chapter as Pusser's father. After chasing down a speeding car, Pusser is disgusted to find that its teenaged occupants (two of them dead, two blinded for life) are stoned out of their minds on bad bootleg hooch. Bypassing due process and other such legal niceties, Pusser goes on a one-man rampage of destruction in order to square accounts with the evil disco owner-cum-moonshiner responsible for the tragedy. Making things difficult is the fact that one of the villains of the piece is also one of Buford's oldest pals. A Real American Hero made its CBS debut on December 9, 1978.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
UPC: 0874757022499
Original Release: 1978
Source: American Pop Classic
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 52,060

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Dennehy Buford Pusser
Lane Bradbury Debbie Pride
Ken Howard Danny Boy Mitchell
Brian Kerwin Til Johnson
Sheree North Carrie Todd
Forrest Tucker Carl Pusser
Brad Davis Mick Rogers
Ed Call Grady Coker
W.O. Smith Obra Eaker
Julie Thrasher Dwana Pusser
Jason Hood Mike Pusser
Ann Street Grandma Pusser
George Boyd Lloyd Tatum
Maureen Burns Amelia Biggins
Charlie Briggs Miles Conway
Elizabeth Lane Sabrina Marlowe

Technical Credits
Lou Antonio Director
Don Black Score Composer
Charles Correll Cinematographer
Samuel A. Peeples Teleplay
Jack Poplin Production Designer
Charles A. Pratt Executive Producer
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Houseley Stevenson Editor

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