The Tall Target Reviews

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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    Aug 18, 2020

    An excellent film based on the alleged plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the way, via train, to his inauguration. Director Anthony Mann is often overlooked as one of Hollywood's great directors. Watch this film to see why he truly is.

    An excellent film based on the alleged plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the way, via train, to his inauguration. Director Anthony Mann is often overlooked as one of Hollywood's great directors. Watch this film to see why he truly is.

  • Jul 07, 2020

    Excellent presentation of a noir thriller based on a true story. Impressive cast, plot twists and camera work with amazing parallels to current times. Fine performance by Ruby Dee, illustrating how Hollywood failed to utilize her talent over the years. Strongly recommend!!

    Excellent presentation of a noir thriller based on a true story. Impressive cast, plot twists and camera work with amazing parallels to current times. Fine performance by Ruby Dee, illustrating how Hollywood failed to utilize her talent over the years. Strongly recommend!!

  • Jan 30, 2016

    The understated performances by the ensemble cast is nicely achieved; Mann's strong direction keeps things taut, fast-paced, very well-detailed and nail-biting; and one also gets a good feel for that unstable time period in American history. 

    The understated performances by the ensemble cast is nicely achieved; Mann's strong direction keeps things taut, fast-paced, very well-detailed and nail-biting; and one also gets a good feel for that unstable time period in American history. 

  • Nov 11, 2015

    I was never much of a Dick Powell fan, but I'm a huge fan of director Anthony Mann, which was enough to get me to watch this pre-Civil War bit of spies and intrigue. Mann brings his usual tight direction and solid suspense to this story of southerners plotting to assassinate president Abraham Lincoln the day of his inauguration. Most of the film takes plan on a train, Agatha Christie-style, and Mann exploits that device for it's claustrophobic best. And one interesting item of note, Powell's character is named John Kennedy, this film having been made years before JFK became president and the many other parallels beaten Kennedy and Lincoln were ever looked at.

    I was never much of a Dick Powell fan, but I'm a huge fan of director Anthony Mann, which was enough to get me to watch this pre-Civil War bit of spies and intrigue. Mann brings his usual tight direction and solid suspense to this story of southerners plotting to assassinate president Abraham Lincoln the day of his inauguration. Most of the film takes plan on a train, Agatha Christie-style, and Mann exploits that device for it's claustrophobic best. And one interesting item of note, Powell's character is named John Kennedy, this film having been made years before JFK became president and the many other parallels beaten Kennedy and Lincoln were ever looked at.

  • Aug 06, 2015

    A great suspenseful noir.

    A great suspenseful noir.

  • Jun 22, 2015

    "The Tall Target" surge tão carregado de diferentes dinâmicas (incluindo uma fabulosa intriga e uma leitura interessante do momento socio-político retratado) que quinze minutos bastam para percebermos que a restante hora de filme será alucinante. E isso acontece de facto quando há um polícia demissionário e uns quantos diálogos estaladiços a bordo de um comboio onde se decide toda a conspiração para assassinar o Presidente Lincoln antes de este ser eleito. Com isto até se desculpa que o guarda-roupa de Dick Powell esteja talvez umas décadas à frente dos meados de século XIX em que o filme decorre.

    "The Tall Target" surge tão carregado de diferentes dinâmicas (incluindo uma fabulosa intriga e uma leitura interessante do momento socio-político retratado) que quinze minutos bastam para percebermos que a restante hora de filme será alucinante. E isso acontece de facto quando há um polícia demissionário e uns quantos diálogos estaladiços a bordo de um comboio onde se decide toda a conspiração para assassinar o Presidente Lincoln antes de este ser eleito. Com isto até se desculpa que o guarda-roupa de Dick Powell esteja talvez umas décadas à frente dos meados de século XIX em que o filme decorre.

  • Apr 29, 2014

    Very taut and suspenseful thriller from director Anthony Mann and starring one of my favorites, Dick Powell, as a police detective intent on foiling an assassination plot against president-elect Abraham Lincoln. The entire film takes place on a train en route from New York to Washington and then to further points south. The talk among passengers (headed south) is virulently anti-Lincoln. Powell is on the wrong side of politics in supporting "the tall target" and his superiors won't back his investigation. So, he goes it alone, tangling with both the plotters and the police who get in his way. Ruby Dee has a good role has a slave who helps Powell (and the film does not shy away from condemning slavery). Apparently, the film is historically accurate (more or less), as Lincoln really did have to "sneak" into Washington for his inauguration. Who knew?

    Very taut and suspenseful thriller from director Anthony Mann and starring one of my favorites, Dick Powell, as a police detective intent on foiling an assassination plot against president-elect Abraham Lincoln. The entire film takes place on a train en route from New York to Washington and then to further points south. The talk among passengers (headed south) is virulently anti-Lincoln. Powell is on the wrong side of politics in supporting "the tall target" and his superiors won't back his investigation. So, he goes it alone, tangling with both the plotters and the police who get in his way. Ruby Dee has a good role has a slave who helps Powell (and the film does not shy away from condemning slavery). Apparently, the film is historically accurate (more or less), as Lincoln really did have to "sneak" into Washington for his inauguration. Who knew?

  • Nov 18, 2013

    another example of 50's dramas from the studios, full of action, whiskey, and saucy characters

    another example of 50's dramas from the studios, full of action, whiskey, and saucy characters

  • Aug 27, 2011

    THE TALL TARGET is fast paced and suspenseful. Not a scene is wasted in this engaging noir. I love films that take place in tight spaces. Trains make great locations for films like THE TALL TARGET. What I like most about the film was the plot. It was unique for its time and its well executed. Dick Powell is good as usual. Overall, nothing memorable but I enjoyed it enough.

    THE TALL TARGET is fast paced and suspenseful. Not a scene is wasted in this engaging noir. I love films that take place in tight spaces. Trains make great locations for films like THE TALL TARGET. What I like most about the film was the plot. It was unique for its time and its well executed. Dick Powell is good as usual. Overall, nothing memorable but I enjoyed it enough.

  • Aug 06, 2011

    Good example of noir as style instead of genre.

    Good example of noir as style instead of genre.