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Tall Tale (1995)

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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeremiah S. Chechik (as Jeremiah Chechik)

Writers:

Steve Bloom (as Steven L. Bloom), Robert Rodat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Pecos Bill
Oliver Platt ... Paul Bunyan
Roger Aaron Brown ... John Henry
Nick Stahl ... Daniel Hackett
Scott Glenn ... J.P. Stiles
Stephen Lang ... Jonas Hackett
Jared Harris ... Head Thug Pug
Catherine O'Hara ... Calamity Jane
Moira Sinise ... Sarah Hackett (as Moira Harris)
Joe Grifasi ... Man in Top Hat (as Joseph Grifasi)
John P. Ryan ... Grub
Scott Wilson ... Zeb
Bert Kramer Bert Kramer ... Bronson
Eric Lawson Eric Lawson ... Sheriff
Bill Rodgers ... Captain of Industry
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Storyline

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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A journey into a world where legends come to life. Dreams come true. And every boy is a hero. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill See more »

Filming Locations:

Barstow, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,046,181, 26 March 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,247,627

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,800,000
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was filmed in 1993, but not released until March 1995. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pecos Bill: I ought to plug you two right now, but I make it a rule never to kill a man on Sunday.
Zeb: Today's Wednesday.
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Good Lightweight Adventure
1 June 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I expected some sort of supernatural-type hero story with he likes of Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and Jhn Henry, but this movie was more like a regular adventure. It reminded me, in some respects, of an adventure out West such as White Fang. It was that kind of story.

The kid in here, "Daniel Hackett," played by Nick Stahl, was a little annoying for awhile, the typical snotty kid they like to show in the movies, but came to his senses by the end and wound up a decent kid who respected the people he was supposed to respect.

Meanwhile, all the characters including bad-guy "J.P. Stiles" (Scott Glenn) were a lot of fun not only to watch but to listen to, with some good dialog.

In all, it was lightweight fun and a good adventure story rolled into one. Patrick Swaze was a hot as "Pecos Bill" and Oliver Platt equally fun as "Paul Bunyan," and who doesn't admire big "John Henry" (Roger Aaron Brown)?

Why this is not available (at least in Region 1) on DVD is a mystery to me. It's just a fun movie - pure escapism for more than just kids.


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