Walking Tall script
Walking Tall (2004)
Synopsis: Walking Tall is a 2004 action film. A remake of the 1973 film of the same name, it stars The Rock and Johnny Knoxville. Like the original film, it was based on the real-life story of Sheriff Buford Pusser and utilized many elements from his life. A number of aspects were changed, including the main character's name (to "Chris Vaughn") and the setting was moved from McNairy County, Tennessee to Kitsap County, Washington, United States.

INTRO:

Inspired by a true story.

We home in on a boat coming in to shore. Off walks a man, he

is carrying a backpack and wearing shades.

EXT. TOWN

He walks through a town, passing various stores and the general

bustle of the people there. He notices a baby in a pram left

out on the sidewalk, then sees the mother is in an alleyway doing

what looks like a drug deal.

EXT. LUMBER YARD

Chris reads a closure notice on the door. A police car rolls

up.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

How ya doin'?

CHRIS:

Ok. When'd the mill close?

SHERIFF WATKINS:

Ahh 3 years this August. If ya lookin

for work you might wanna try Aberdeen,

that's the closest mill work you're

gonna find around here.

CHRIS:

That's too bad.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

Nah just simple economics. Y'know we

have a really nice casino here, the

wild cherry. You wanna make some money

maybe you wanna go on down there and

try your luck at the blackjack tables.

CHRIS:

Nah I don't think so. Thanks.

Chris turns around and the sheriff notices his name on a bag.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

You're Chris Vaughn?

The sheriff chuckles and steps out of the car.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

Well hell, I know all about you Chris.

I know your folks, I'm sheriff Stan

Watkins.

They shake hands.

CHRIS:

How ya doin.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

Ralston get outta the car, you're lookin

at a real soldier here pay some respect.

RALSTON:

Welcome home soldier.

CHRIS:

Thanks.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

Here Chris, (opens the back door) We'll

give ya a ride up to your folks.

CHRIS:

Nah I'm fine thank you.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

I insist.

CHRIS:

I'll walk.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

Hey it's my pleasure.

CHRIS:

It's ok.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

I won't take no for an answer (jokingly

reaches for his gun). HEY! Get in the

car.

Chris raises his hands and the sheriff chuckles.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

Did I scare ya with that one?

CHRIS:

Lil bit.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

Ya. Let's go.

INT. POLICE CAR

SHERIFF WATKINS:

You were gone a while huh?

CHRIS:

8 years. Harstad was sheriff back then.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

Harstad, yeah. Sad story. About 5 months

back he fell asleep at the wheel and

uhhh... hit a tree. Good man, good man

and a good sheriff.

EXT. THE FAMILY HOME

CHRIS:

Thanks for the ride.

SHERIFF WATKINS:

No problem, and uh Chris (hands him

a piece of paper). It's election month...

I'm your man.

Chris takes the paper and smiles. He walks up the lane toward

the house, a simple white building clad in wood. A lady dressed

in a police uniform comes out.

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David Klass

David Klass is an American screenwriter and novelist. He has written more than 40 screenplays for Hollywood studios and published 14 young adult novels. His screenplays are primarily character-based thrillers for adults, while his novels often tell the stories of teenagers in crisis. more…

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