A 1973 pulp action flick starring Joe Don Baker, [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based]] on the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buford_Pusser Buford Pusser]], the Sherrif of [=McNairy=] County, Tennessee from 1964 to 1970. Later remade into a 2004 movie starring Wrestling/DwayneJohnson. In the remake, Chris Vaughn returns home from the Army to find that [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand things have changed since he left his hometown.]]

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!!The 1973 original provides examples of:
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* {{Badass}}: Buford, natch.
* BatterUp: Buford metes out some good old fashioned, bone-breakin' justice with a massive homemade shillelagh.
* DirtyCop: The former Sheriff, along with one deputy we later discover to be on the take.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Sheriff Pusser at first refuses to carry a gun because his wife doesn't approve. However...
* EveryCarIsAPinto: The old Sheriff's car a'splodes from under the hood simply by running off the road into a river bank. Before it crashes, even!
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The bad guys offer Deputy Grady more than his lifetime salary to turn on Buford, but he flatly refuses.
* LetsGetDangerous: When Mrs. Pusser agrees to let her husband start packing heat, it is ''on.''
* NobleBigot: Buford has no reservations about referring to the eight innocents poisoned by tainted moonshine as "niggers," but he is determined to punish those responsible for their deaths just the same, something he notes the old Sheriff would have let slide for the victims "not being his favorite color."
* ProtectedByAChild: After an ambush leaves Buford seriously injured and [[spoiler:his wife dead]], his young son stands watch in his daddy's hospital room with a .410 shotgun.
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler:Buford's wife Pauline]] is suddenly cut down in an ambush meant for him, in a scene tragically mirroring what happened in RealLife.

!!The 2004 remake provides examples of:
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* AnAxeToGrind: Hamilton. Appropriate, given that his father used to run the lumber mill.
* AssholeVictim: Booth
* AxCrazy: Hamilton at the lumber mill.
* ATeamFiring:
** Watkins's deputies in general during the raid on the Sherrif's office.
** Invoked with Dani, whose job was simply to fire her gun a lot and draw Watkins' attention away long enough for Chris to get the drop on him.
* BadAss: Chris Vaughn
* BatterUp: Chris opts against taking a gun into the casino, and instead uses a 4x4 as an ImprovisedWeapon. He later has it made into a makeshift bat.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: BigBad Jay Hamilton, played by Neil [=McDonough=].
* BulletHoleDoor: Chris fires his shotgun into the floor to weaken it, then stomps a hole in it big enough for him and Dani to escape into the crawlspace below.
* ChekhovsGun: The shotgun from Chris's dad's garage. PlayedWith, in that Chris elects to use a 4x4 for his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, and that his dad refuses to use the gun at all [[spoiler: [[BigDamnHeroes until he uses it to save Chris and Ray from one of the bad guys after they invade his home]].]]
* CleanUpTheTown: Chris's goal in running for Sheriff. When the townspeople see what Hamilton's men did to him, and learn that Watkins refused to investigate it.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Averted in Chris's first fight at the casino when the guards overwhelm him. Played straight during his second visit, once he is motivated by a healthy dose of TranquilFury. Played straight again during the third fight at the Sheriff's office and [[spoiler: the Vaughn residence.]]
* CowboyCop: Chris and Ray. It helps that they're the ''only'' cops in town.
* DirtyCop:
** Sheriff Watkins, and all of his deputies. When Chris is elected sheriff midway through the film, he [[GenreSavvy summarily]] [[ThePurge fires the lot of them]] when Watkins vouches for them. It is implied that Watkins got the job by [[KlingonPromotion killing his predecessor]] [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident by staging a car accident.]] It's never made clear.
** Also joked about between Chris and Ray, given that Chris pulled strings to get Ray, a convicted felon, a badge.
* FanDisservice: Chris, takes off his shirt in court to show the ''very'' nasty scars from when Booth sliced him open with a box cutter. [[ThatWasObjectionable The jury is lamely instructed by the judge to disregard what they saw.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Dani spends an entire gunfight in a pair of blue jeans and a bra.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Hamilton. He pretends to still consider Chris a friend, even after they are clearly on opposing sides.
* FoeYay: When Ray is frisking Booth.
-->'''Ray''': You been working out?
* {{Foreshadowing}}: We see some kids offering Chris's nephew pot early on. Later in the movie, he overdoses on crystal meth.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Ray takes out one of the bad guys with a cast iron pan ot the face
* GonnaFlyNowMontage: PlayedWith: We get a montage of Chris laid up on the couch watching TV with Ray and his nephew. Eventually we begin to see clips mixed in of him doing situps once he has had time to recover from his injuries.
* GroinAttack: Towards the end of Ray's drawn out brawl with one of the bad guys
* HoldingTheFloor: Chris makes little attempt to actually defend himself in court for walking into the casino and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge beating the corrupt security guards senseless]], and instead shows off the scars he received earlier and announces his intention to run for Sheriff.
* HollywoodLaw: It's remarkable that Chris's case wasn't declared a mistrial after his (relatively minor) CourtroomAntics. It is possible that the judge let it go (despite his protests otherwise) because of how plainly corrupt Sheriff Watkins was.
* HisNameIs: Averted, barely. [[spoiler: Booth dies within moments of telling Chris where Hamilton's drug operation is run from.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Not as much as the main gunfight, but the secondary one at the Vaughn home definitely qualifies. Ray and one of Hamilton's mooks have a firefight in the living room that is more comical than intense because it's clear that both guys suck at shooting a gun.
* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Chris, Ray, and Hamilton all end up using whatever they have at hand in fights, ranging from pieces of lumber, to frying pans, to a potato peeler.
* InterestingSituationDuel: The final fight happens in the old wood mill.
* IntimidationDemonstration: Booth, handcuffed to a chair, warns Chris and Ray that things will get... ugly. Then barks at them. [[NoSell Chris and Ray aren't impressed.]]
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Ray's shotgun ''is'' loaded, but after he fires the first shot, he forgets that the DramaticGunCock is ''required'' after every shot when you are using a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter pump-action shotgun.]]
* KnifeNut: Booth
* MembershipToken: The Special Forces medallion that Chris wears. Booth steals it from him during their first fight, and then Chris takes it back during the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge next one.]]
* MoreDakka: Watkins and his fellow former deputies unload on the sherrif's office with machine guns after Chris arrests Booth. [[ATeamFiring They don't manage to hit anything for most of the several minutes of constant gunfire]], [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness aside from Booth.]] And they didn't even manage to off him [[HisNameIs quickly enough.]]
* MythologyGag: Of a sort. Sheriff Watkins's predecessor died in a car accident, just as the RealLife Buford Pusser was. In Pusser's case, he had a long list of enemies and accusations (never confirmed) were made that he was murdered.
* PerpSweating: Ray and Chris try to get Booth to talk by [[InterrogationByVandalism forcibly dismantling his pickup truck]] with a power saw. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* PreemptiveDeclaration: After pulling him over and having a chat, Chris warns Hamilton that this is his last warning to get his taillight fixed.
-->'''Hamilton''': [[TemptingFate What's wrong with it?]]
-->'''Chris''': [[BatterUp *SMASH*]] It's broken.
* PrisonRape: [[BlackComedyRape Played for laughs]], as Chris and Ray joke that this is the villain's probable fate.
-->'''Ray:''' I bet he's blowing on somebody's dice right now.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After Chris's nephew overdoses on Crystal Meth that his friends got from the casino, Chris tears the place apart with a 4x4, along with the security guards.
* ShellShockedVeteran: After Chris tears apart Hamilton's casino, the police try to paint him as one of these, rather than address his claims that the staff were selling drugs to minors.
* TownWithADarkSecret
* TranquilFury: Chris's second trip to the Casino, where he methodically dismantles Hamilton's [[ConservationOfNinjitsu entire security staff]] with a piece of timber.
* WatchThePaintJob: Booth's truck is torn to pieces by Ray and Chris [[BlatantLies to make sure he doesn't have drugs concealed in it.]] [[spoiler: Chris's truck is [[ExternalCombustion blown up the next morning.]]]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Chris and Hamilton. Interestingly, it's TheVillain who dwells on this rather than TheHero.
-->'''Hamilton''': Hey Chris, remember when we used to play hide and seek in here?
* WretchedHive / BadGuyBar: The Casino, although the good guys go there too. It's pretty much the only thing in town going on.

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