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Walking tall - The Rock, Neal McDonough, Johnny Knoxville, Kevin Bray

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Movie propaganda

One man will stand up for what's right.

When Chris Vaughn (The Rock), a former member of the USA Army Special Forces returns to his small hometown in rural Washington State to revive his family's lumber mill business, he discovers that much has changed, as the normally tranquil town is now besieged by drugs, outbreaks of violence and a general feeling of malaise and terror, with many pointing a finger at the influence of a crooked casino where his ex-girlfriend now works as a dancer. Seeking to wreak vengeance, with a four-foot-long 2-by-4 in his hand, and righteousness in his heart, the highly-trained soldier, now the county's sheriff, and his deputy, realises it's time to bust some heads with a very hard piece of wood.

Persons of interest

  • The Rock .... Chris Vaughn
  • Neal McDonough .... Jay Hamilton Junior
  • Johnny Knoxville .... Ray
  • John Beasley .... Chris Vaughn Sr
  • Barbara Tarbuck .... Connie Vaughn
  • Kristen Wilson .... Kate
  • Khleo Thomas .... Pete
  • Ashley Scott .... Deni
  • Michael Bowen .... Sheriff Watkins
  • Ryan Robbins .... Travis
  • Channing Gibson .... Screenwriter
  • David Klass .... Screenwriter
  • Kevin Bray .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

If you want an action story about a good man coming home and cleaning up the scum that have infested it, Walking tall is for you. It sounds clichéd until you learn that it is based on a real Sheriff - from Tennessee, USA - and you remember that life is a series of clichés, interspersed with advertisements.

The Rock isn't going to win any awards for his acting ability but he does manage to smash up a lot of things (including several people, but they all deserve it) which is always good for this kind of movie. Johnny Knoxville, of Jackass fame, does a pretty good job (for this type of film) as the formerly drug-fucked, Tennessee white trash.

Oh yes, there are lots of guns. And chicks with wet T-shirts. I guess that someone knows their target demographic.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, drug references, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

86 minutes (1:26 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 12 August 2004

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