The Tall T (1957)


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Movie Info

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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Elmore Leonard, Burt Kennedy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 4, 2008


as Pat Brennan

as Frank Usher

as Doretta Mims

as Ed Rintoon

as Billy Jack

as Chink

as Willard Mims

as Tenvoorde

as Hank Parker
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Critic Reviews for The Tall T

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Conceals a complex world view beneath its desolate and blood-soaked landscapes.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 28, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2014

Western gem full of trickster characters and an odd take on gender.

Full Review… | August 10, 2011
Classic Film and Television

The Tall T has some of the best sequences in the "Ranown" series.

Full Review… | November 6, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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 western

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


"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.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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