Tall Tale

1995

Tall Tale

Critics Consensus

Tall Tale draws on American folk legends for a family-friendly adventure with disappointingly little appeal.

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Movie Info

A youngster partners up with Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and John Henry to save the family farm.

Cast

Patrick Swayze
as Pecos Bill
Oliver Platt
as Paul Bunyan
Nick Stahl
as Daniel Hackett
Scott Glenn
as J.P. Stiles
Stephen Lang
as Jonas Hackett
Jared Harris
as Head Thug Pug
Catherine O'Hara
as Calamity Jane
Moira Harris
as Sarah Hackett
Joseph Grifasi
as Man in Top Hat
Bert Kramer
as Bronson
Eric Lawson
as Sheriff
Bill Rodgers
as Captain of Industry
Susan Barnes
as Hag in Alley
Jack Nance
as Doctor
Mike Moroff
as Bar Room Bully
Michael J. Kosta
as Farmer No. 1
Timothy Glenn Riley
as Farmer No. 2
Darwyn Swalve
as Lumberjack No. 1
Jay S. York
as Lumberjack No. 2
Kevin Brown
as Bettor No. 1
E.B. Meyers
as Bettor No. 2
James Oscar Lee
as Spectator
Sal Jenco
as Big Jim
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Critic Reviews for Tall Tale

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (10)

  • The exquisitely photographed landscapes pull you out of your living room and into the grandeur of the West.

    August 16, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • If the kids can be enticed into theaters during opening weekend, "Tall Tale" is a safe bet to generate strong word of mouth.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • This is not the stuff of which legends are made.

    August 30, 2004 | Full Review…
  • If a good children's film is supposed to open the eyes of its young audience, then the somewhat misleadingly titled "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill" is mighty good.

    February 13, 2001 | Full Review…
  • A children's movie with enough gumption, fire and wit to warm the cockles of an adult heart.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Mickey's minions herein transform three of America's rootin'est, tootin'est frontier superheroes into politically and ecologically corrected pablum-spewing icons for our time.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tall Tale

  • Jan 12, 2016
    Now, I saw part of this at school when I was a child (I'm now in my mid-twenties) and I really love action-adventure and or certain fantasy films (whether it's Disney or non-Disney). Patrick Swayze gives an amazing performance as Pecos Bill. I mean it's just a good film that will take your breath away and it took my breath away. If you enjoy films like this, you are in for a HIGH FLYING treat. I know I was (and always am when I watch this).
    David T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2012
    Tall Tale is a terrific film with a great story and a good cast of actors. I grew up watching this film, and it's actually one of the better live action Disney films of the 90's. This is a well made film that definitely is fun for all ages. With an effective script, director Jeremiah Chechnik crafts a wonderful film with a great cast. This film is one of a few films that I enjoyed throughout my childhood. The film brings nostalgia to mind when I think of it. Really well done, and lots of fun from start to finish, the film is a wonderful experience for Disney lovers. The story is very well done, and really original. This is by far one of the best live action films that Disney has put out as others such as Jungle 2 Jungle was a horrible, poorly written and directed affair. However this film succeeds at being something special and fun for the entire family. The special effects are well done, and the cast do a fine job in their parts. This along with so many other films such as The Sandlot, Toy Story and Casper were a big part of my childhood. Tall Tale really is a terrific family film worth seeing and is certainly a film that anyone will enjoy. Oliver Platt here steals the show, and his performance was what made the film very enjoyable. Definitely a terrific live action Disney flick, and one of their better titles of the 1990's Lots of fun from start to finish, Tall Tale is wonderful entertainment definitely worth watching.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    I missed this film when it originally came out. I finally saw it on Cable and was pleasantly surprised by it. I liked it. Nick Stahl must have done this film right after the Man Without A Face. Stahl is great as the lead. Patrick Swayze also shines as Pecos Bill. Stephen Lang and Scott Glenn provide solid supporting work here. It was cool seeing Jared Harris and William H. Macy in this film, before they became famous. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2007
    A decent lie action movie with Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and others. I like those American Tall Tales.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer

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