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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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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

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

Goofs

Near the begining of the movie Pecos Bill shoots off two varmints "trigger fingers" before they can shoot Daniel and you can see that they are gone. But when they put their arms and hands up they still have their trigger fingers. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Hackett: Pecos, don't go!
Pecos Bill: Don't worry about it! You can handle things from here!
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28 September 2005 | by mandasjunk_1See all my reviews

I totally dug this movie when I was a kid (like 7 or 8 or 9 years old). I had it on tape and my sister, cousins, and I watched it all the time. It's certainly no blockbuster or award winning picture, but it's still fun for kids (it was for me anyway). I remember liking how these story characters I was familiar with, were all linked together in the story and were (kind of) brought to life. Anyway, I guess it's just personal preference, but I remember digging it, and to say that no child got anything out of this silly movie would be wrong. I can't really remember the story too much now, to be honest, (it's been so long), but just thinking about it made me smile, and I am seriously tempted to go out and rent it for my nephews. It's only a dollar or two, and even if it doesn't pack the same punch it did when I was little, I'm sure I would enjoy seeing it again, and I'm sure my nephews might enjoy it too.


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