The Tall T (1957)
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A rancher takes a stagecoach, which is held up by bandits. Everyone but the rancher and the daughter of a copper mine owner is killed. The two survivors are taken as hostages, and while plotting their escape, they fall in love.
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Critic Reviews for The Tall T
Conceals a complex world view beneath its desolate and blood-soaked landscapes.
Boetticher unfolds this hostage scenario on bare natural prosceniums, and with stark delicacy lets the characters' personal moral codes brush against and shade into each other
Audience Reviews for The Tall T
Awesome minimalist western. The dialog crackles. it should, it's taken directly from the Elmore Leonard short story it's` adapted from.
If you've seen a lot of westerns, and haven't seen Tall T check it out. If you haven't, I wouldn't start here. See the classics, then come back to this one. You'll get more out of it. Trust me.
excellent script based on an early elmore leonard short story, excellent direction by the ever economical budd boetticher, excellent performances by some iconic actors = one excellent westernMore
"The Tall T" is an entertaining western that builds slowly in setting up a tense confrontation, replete with casual brutality, between three characters brought together by their mutual avarice. Rancher Pat Brennan(Randolph Scott) loses a bet with his former boss(Robert Burton) and in the bargain his horse, so he has to walk all the way back home. Along the way, he gets a ride from his pal Rintoon(Arthur Hunnicutt) who is transporting Doretta(Maureen O'Sullivan) and Willard Mims(John Hubbard), a newly married couple. One would be happy for the newlyweds if Willard had not married Doretta for her family's money.(Willard is the kind of person who gives cowards a bad name.) Frank Usher(Richard Boone) resorts to a criminal life to raise money while looking forward to owning a ranch like Pat in the future. In return, Pat inquires why he only asks for $50,000(which is still a lot of money). Frank's reply is that he is not greedy.More
Although the main hero is kind of boring and, at times, annoying, the great performances by the villains make it much more tolerable, and often pretty fun. Still, compared to some other westerns, this one doesn't quite measure up. It's just a little too cheesy to be taken too seriously. Still fun though.More
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