A 1973 pulp action flick starring Joe Don Baker, loosely based on the story of Buford Pusser, the Sherrif of McNairy County, Tennessee from 1964 to 1970. Later remade into a 2004 movie starring Dwayne Johnson.
The 1973 original provides examples of:
- Batter Up!: Buford metes out some good old fashioned, bone-breakin' justice with a massive homemade shillelagh.
- Boom, Headshot!: Pauline is killed this way, and the effect is surprisingly graphic for a low-budget 70's movie.
- Dirty Cop: The former Sheriff, along with one deputy we later discover to be on the take.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Sheriff Pusser at first refuses to carry a gun because his wife doesn't approve.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: 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!
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The bad guys offer Deputy Grady more than his lifetime salary to turn on Buford, but he flatly refuses.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When Mrs. Pusser agrees to let her husband start packing heat, it is on.
- Noble Bigot: Subverted, Buford has no reservations about referring to the eight innocents poisoned by tainted moonshine as "niggers,. This is only done to incite friend and deputy Obra Eaker into taking action. Buford 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."
- Protected by a Child: After an ambush leaves Buford seriously injured and his wife dead, his young son stands watch in his daddy's hospital room with a .410 shotgun.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: Buford's wife Pauline is suddenly cut down in an ambush meant for him, in a scene tragically mirroring what happened in Real Life.