A Real American Hero (film)

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A Real American Hero
Genre Crime
Written by Samuel A. Peeples
Directed by Lou Antonio
Starring Brian Dennehy
Forrest Tucker
Theme music composer Walter Scharf
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Charles A. Pratt
Producer(s) Samuel A. Peeples
Editor(s) Houseley Stevenson Jr.
Cinematography Charles Correll
Running time 90 min.
Production company(s) Bing Crosby Productions
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release December 9, 1978
Preceded by Walking Tall: Final Chapter
Followed by Walking Tall

A Real American Hero is an American television movie that aired on CBS on December 9, 1978. It runs 90 minutes. The film was directed by Lou Antonio and written by Samuel A. Peeples.[1]


The movie, set in 1967, is about the real-life sheriff Buford Pusser, who goes after a criminal who has killed young people with his illegal moonshine. Brian Dennehy plays Pusser. The rest of the cast include Ken Howard, Sheree North, Forrest Tucker, and Brian Kerwin. The film was originally entitled "The Letter Of The Law" (which appears in the closing credits) and was released on VHS as "Hard Stick".




  • Lane Bradbury as Debbie Pride
  • Brad David as Mick Rodgers
  • Ed Call as Grady Coker (credited as Edward Call)
  • W.O. Smith as Obra Eaker
  • Julie Thrasher as Dwana Pusser
  • Jason Hood as Mike Pusser
  • Ann Street as Grandma Pusser
  • George Boyd as Lloyd Tatum
  • Maureen Shannon as Amelia Biggins (credited as Maureen Burns)
  • Charlie Briggs as Miles Conway
  • Elizabeth Lane as Sabrina Marlowe


  1. ^ "A Real American Hero". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 

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