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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nick Stahl and Moira Sinise (son and mother) appeared in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). See more »

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The six-shooters are never reloaded but they never run out of bullets. See more »

Quotes

Pecos Bill: Not as hot as the summer of '88 when the chickens laid fried eggs and the babies cried sawdust.
Paul Bunyan: Does this story have a point or does it go on and on and on like this stinkin' desert?
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A Darned Good Tall Tale...
27 July 2003 | by bruceellmanSee all my reviews

A well made Family movie in the "Field of Dreams" mold. Instead of baseball legends a boy receives aid from some legends of the Old West-- Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze), Paul Bunyon (Oliver Platt), John Henry (Roger Allen Brown), and Calamity Jane (Catherine O'Hara!). The talented game cast sells this sometimes hokey movie well. It's definitely worth a rent if it ever becomes available on home video though it can often be found on cable.


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