Tall Tale

Tall Tale

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik, Lee Cleary Cast: Patrick Swayze, Oliver Platt


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This ambitious Disney movie uses a remarkable screenplay from Steven L. Bloom and Robert Rodat to tell a rollicking tale of America's transition from a close-to-the-land culture of mythic heroes to a corporate world of real estate tycoons. The strong theme about the decline of folk culture is expressed through a series of high octane adventures experienced by 12-year-old Daniel Hackett (Nick Stahl) at the dawn of the 20th century. Daniel's father, Jonas Hackett (Stephen Lang), runs a farm in a place called Paradise Valley, but his land is coveted by a greedy developer, J.P. Stiles (Scott Glenn). Daniel looks longingly at postcards of New York City while growing increasingly skeptical of his father's tales of legendary folk heroes. Then, through a series of incredible adventures, Daniel meets up with the legends that his father has spoken about -- cowboy Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze), lumberjack Paul Bunyan (Oliver Platt), and finally, ex-slave and strongman John Henry (Roger Aaron Brown). Each of these heroes hooks up with Daniel and becomes involved in an increasingly bitter and boisterous fight against Stiles, whose plans to buy up land threaten the very strength of the folk heroes and the well-being of the common people. Pecos Bill has a horse named Widowmaker and can lasso a tornado. The giant Bunyan is accompanied by his famous blue ox, Babe. At one point, another legend, the cowgirl Calamity Jane (Catherine O'Hara), joins in the adventures. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
UPC: 0786936785913
Original Release: 1994
Rating: NR
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 18,065

Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound; Full screen (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Swayze Pecos Bill
Oliver Platt Paul Bunyan
Roger Aaron Brown John Henry
Nick Stahl Daniel Hackett
Scott Glenn J.P. Stiles
Jackie Burch Actor
William H. Macy Actor
Catherine O'Hara Calamity Jane
Stephen Lang Jonas Hackett
Jared Harris Head Thug Pug
Moira Harris Sarah Hackett
Joe Grifasi Man in Top Hat
John Ryan Grub
Scott Wilson Zeb
Bert Kramer Bronson
Eric Lawson Sheriff
Bill Rodgers Captain of Industry
Susan Barnes Hag in Alley
John Nance Doctor
Mike Moroff Bar Room Bully
Richard Zobel Barkeep
Timothy G. Riley Farmer #2
Darwyn Swalve Lumberjack #1
Jay S. York Lumberjack #2
Kevin Brown Bettor #1
Sal Jenco Big Jim
James Oscar Lee Spectator

Technical Credits
Jeremiah S. Chechik Director
Lee Cleary Director
Scott E. Anderson Special Effects
Bill Badalato Executive Producer
William Badalato Co-producer,Production Designer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Steven L. Bloom Screenwriter
Jackie Burch Casting
Ken Chase Makeup
Richard Chew Editor
Mitchell Dubin Camera Operator
Jim Dultz Art Director
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Tom Elliott Stunts
Richard Epper Stunts
Wayne A. Finkelman Costumes/Costume Designer
Andy Gill Stunts
Rick Heinrichs Art Director
Rob Janiger Musical Direction/Supervision
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Jerie Kelter Set Decoration/Design
Lee Mc Laughlin Stunts
Daniel Maltese Set Decoration/Design
Buck McDancer Stunts
Cliff McLaughlin Stunts
Doug Metzger Stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti Stunts
Noon Orsatti Stunts
Greg Papalia Set Decoration/Design
Rex Pierson Stunts
Robert Rodat Screenwriter
Patrick Romano Stunts
Joe Roth Producer
Robert Schenkkan Screenwriter
Tom Schulman Producer
John-Clay Scott Stunts
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Jacques Valin Set Decoration/Design
Eddie Yansick Stunts
Eugenio Zanetti Production Designer

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Tall Tale 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
clemmy More than 1 year ago
The first time I watched this movie, I was maybe five years old. It scared me. Then, over ten years later, I popped in the ancient VHS tape that we had used to record the movie off the TV and watched it. It was wonderful and terrible funny. Scott Glenn is the best bad-guy ever - the Basil Rathbone of the later 20th century - he's utterly terrifying, which is the point, and he is the main reason that the movie scared me as a small child who had no clue that the plot was just Daniel's dream, although the bad guy wasn't exactly a sweetheart in real life either. Paul Bunyon, Pecos Bill, and John Henry are wonderful, taking the old tales and making them into one. Calamity Jane is also a treat. It's good for kids (above the age of 5) because it has the classic good-over-evil struggle, the just-believe-in-yourself, and the do-the-right-thing plot lines. Parents/adults will enjoy it because it's funny, with puns, oxymorons (Calamity runs the Liberty Jail), a blue cow (born in the winter of the blue snows), and relationship issues (Pecos and Calamity Jane - "You had to bring up Amarillo").