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Tall Story (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sport | 6 April 1960 (USA)
A young insecure college sportsman is in trouble. He wants to marry his very straightforward girlfriend, also a student, but has no money. When he is offered a bribe to fix a game, he is torn even more about the matter.

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A young insecure college sportsman is in trouble. He wants to marry his very straightforward girlfriend, also a student, but has no money. When he is offered a bribe to fix a game, he is torn even more about the matter.

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Comedy | Sport

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6 April 1960 (USA)  »

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The Way the Ball Bounces  »

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Van Williams' movie debut. See more »

Goofs

Right before question #6 of the oral make up exam, there is a short shot of the basketball action and the score shows 32-32 with 50 seconds on the clock. Yet prior to that, the half ended with the score 41-33. See more »

Quotes

Reporter Jenkins: [Visiting the team during practice] Sandy was telling me you've got a scientific approach to shooting baskets. My readers would like to hear about that.
Ray Blent: Well, uh, it's just a system... which involves a combination of the energy of the throw... to the incidence of concussion... against the backboard.
Ray Blent: [calls to another player] Don, give me that ball, will you?
Ray Blent: [Demonstrates his "scientific" approach by taking a shot at the basket... and misses]
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Song of the Volga Boatmen
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Sung with added lyrics as the bonfire is being prepared
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Completely engulfed in cozy, TV-styled Saran Wrap
8 July 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Jane Fonda before "Barbarella", Anthony Perkins the same year as "Psycho", Tom Laughlin before "Billy Jack", Ray Walston doing the same professor bit he utilized in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", and still the flick's a dud! Set on some mythical college campus, one inhabited with well-scrubbed students who look as if they're about to burst into song a la "Good News", "Tall Story" comes up short on realism, with a forced-friendly atmosphere masking wispy story of a basketball player targeted by a pretty co-ed who really wants a Man! Debuting Fonda is alternately coy and coquettish--not a credible mix--though she does look cute in her chemistry glasses; Perkins fares worse, with a voice that sounds dubbed by a 12-year-old boy on the verge of puberty. It's not a complete loss--the director is Joshua Logan, who knows how to put a picture together--but the results are still pretty tired. *1/2 from ****


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