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Tall Tale (1995)

A young boy draws on the inspiration of legendary western characters to find the strength to fight an evil land baron in the old west who wants to steal his family's farm and destroy their ... See full summary »

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(as Jeremiah Chechik)

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(as Steven L. Bloom),
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Sarah Hackett (as Moira Harris)
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A young boy draws on the inspiration of legendary western characters to find the strength to fight an evil land baron in the old west who wants to steal his family's farm and destroy their idyllic community. When Daniel Hackett sees his father Jonas gravely wounded by the villainous Stiles, his first urge is for his family to flee the danger, and give up their life on a farm which Daniel has come to despise anyway. Going alone to a lake to try to decide what to do, he falls asleep on a boat and wakes to find himself in the wild west, in the company of such "tall tale" legends as Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, John Henry and Calamity Jane. Together, they battle the same villains Daniel is facing in his "real" world. Written by Sean Parlaman <seanpar@efn.org>

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Sometime the hero ends up being you! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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24 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,046,181 (USA) (26 March 1995)

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$8,247,627 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Nick Stahl and Moira Sinise (son and mother) went on to star together in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). See more »

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Babe the Blue Ox is referred to with feminine terms. This is wrong. Babe is not a female. He can't be, because an ox is a neutered male bovine. See more »

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[last lines]
Pecos Bill: He's all yours Daniel Hackett!
Daniel Hackett: Pecos!
Pecos Bill: So long Daniel! Take good care of Widowmaker!
Daniel Hackett: Pecos, don't go!
Pecos Bill: Don't worry about it! You can handle things from here. Yee ha-ha! I'm a ring tailed roarer. I can draw faster, shoot straighter, ride harder and drink longer than any man alive, l'm the rip-snortingest cowboy that ever rode North, South, East or West of the Rio Grande. I'm Pecos Bill! Yee ha-ha!
Daniel Hackett: So long, Pecos!
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In the flavor of true Tall Tales
18 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike the prior poster, I loved this movie. It is a great family movie that is based on the Tall Tales that many of us learned in literature classes. If you know who Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, or John Henry are, you will find those heroes here. If you don't, what better way to learn about some of American histories classic Tall Tale characters that once put a sense of pride in being American. It was obvious that they took the time to find very fitting actor for each role. The script was written to make it a definite family movie suitable for any family. When the movie ends, you feel satisfied that you saw a good movie and not left with an "oily" feeling like you were just slimed like many of the movies do today. The story is that of a boy and his family about to lose their farm to a railroad tycoon in the early 1900s, something that did happen back then. The American Tall Tale characters are brought in one at a time to help the boy through the situation and teach him the way of being a man, with respect.


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