|Walking Tall Part II (1975)|
|Writers:||Howard B. Kreitsek|
|Starring:||Bo Svenson, Logan Ramsey, Luke Askew and John Davis Chandler|
|The Plot: This sequel to the original Walking Tall opens with Bufford Pusser (now played by Bo Svenson) recuperating from the injuries he sustained during the conclusion of the previous film. His time as sheriff is drawing to a conclusion, and it is up in the air whether or not he will seek reelection. Buford still has unfinished business, however, and he looks to break up the stateline mob! He starts a new wave of crackdowns and he begins hitting the moonshiners hard and heavy. He continues to anger mob boss John Witter (Logan Ramsey), who vows to destroy Pusser if it is the last thing he does. With his right hand man Pinky Dobson (Luke Askew) at his side, Witter intends to concoct a series of assassination attempts that are meant to finally put an end to the brave sheriff. These assassination attempts will include hiring on a racecar driver named Studd (Richard Jaeckel) in order to lure Pusser into a death trap, and also using a seductive woman who will attempt to capture Pusser’s heart before killing him. Unfortunately for the mob, they continually underestimates the will of Buford Pusser! Will he finally put an end to organized crime across the state line, or will the mob finally get what they want?|
Going back to that first big hurdle the movie faces, the difference between Joe Don Baker’s role and the one that Bo Svenson plays, it truly is like night and day. Although both men have tremendous charisma, Bo Svenson plays the character in an even more heroic fashion than Baker once did. Joe Don Baker was presented as more of an everyday man thrown into a situation that called for outrageous courage, however, Bo Svenson’s character is a superhero of sorts. Action is his middle name, and he isn’t interested in presenting himself in a mortal light. He always has the witty retorts, and he is very apt for the physicality of this role. The plot puts him into predicaments that are much more heroic than what Joe Don Baker was served, and thus Walking Tall Part 2 becomes a slightly less realistic depiction of Southern justice. Yet, in doing this, it surely becomes a more flavorful and exciting film. It becomes the difference between a hearty meal and a smorgasbord of snack foods. Sure, the snacks aren’t going to sustain your energy, but they are sure to leave you happy for at least a little while.