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Tall Tale (1995)."You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to."

It's American Folk legends meets...a super annoying and whiney kid? Yes. That's pretty much it in a nutshell. This week we discuss Tall Tale from 1995 which we were encouraged as it features Patrick Swayze but unfortunately we were very disappointed. Come on down as we try to get our lasso's around this one and discuss all things from riding ghots horses, pa's that give up way too easily and the all encompassing world of Oliver Platt. Are we telling Tall Tales this week? Let us know! 


Storyline :A young boy draws on the inspiration of legendary western characters to find the strength to fight an evil land baron in the old west who wants to steal his family's farm and destroy their idyllic community. When Daniel Hackett sees his father Jonas gravely wounded by the villainous Stiles, his first urge is for his family to flee the danger, and give up their life on a farm which Daniel has come to despise anyway. Going alone to a lake to try to decide what to do, he falls asleep on a boat and wakes to find himself in the wild west, in the company of such "tall tale" legends as Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Calamity Jane. Together, they battle the same villains Daniel is facing in his "real" world.

Directors: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Writers: Steve Bloom and Robert Rodat

Stars: Patrick Swayze, Oliver Platt, Roger Aaron Brown and Nick Stahl

Awards: 0 Wins & 0 Nominations

Film Budget: $32,000,000

Gross Worldwide: $11,047,627


If we asked AI to generate a cheesy theme for an 'old west" style family film we imagine it would sound something like this.


A journey into a world where legends come to life. Dreams come true. And every boy is a hero.

  1. Originally Gary Sinise was cast as the father, Jonas Hackett, but left the cast to play Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump.

  2. Most depictions of Paul Bunyan make him a supernaturally tall giant, perhaps 10 or 15 feet tall. This version of Paul has an average man's height, but with a larger-than-life personality to compensate.

  3. John Henry may have been based on a historical person, a railroad laborer who was killed in a cave-in accident in the early 1870s (probably in West Virginia), but this is unconfirmed. Paul Bunyan appears to have originated in oral form among lumbermen in Minnesota and neighboring states shortly before 1900, with his first printed attestation appearing in 1904 in an editorial in the Duluth News Tribune. More fleshed-out anecdotes (transcribed by multiple authors) appear in the The American Lumberman magazine beginning in 1910. The Lumberman articles also introduce Paul's ox Babe, who was originally pink but was quickly changed to blue. Pecos Bill first appeared in print in a 1917 magazine serial attributed to Edward S. O'Reilly; while Bill's stories were presented as traditions from Texas folklore, no pre-1917 attestation has ever been found, despite much research, so the magazine stories may have been invented by O'Reilly and others from whole cloth.

  4. In the bar when the drunk insults Texas in front of Pecos Bill, you can see a "Wanted Dead or Alive" poster for Daniel Hackett on the outside wall, just as the drunk goes through the window.

  5. Bill tells Daniel a story about a man named Lanky Hank who was bounced by Widowmaker up to the Moon and had to be euthanized by shooting. This is a variation of a well-known Pecos Bill anecdote, but usually the victim is a woman, Slue-Foot Sue. In many versions, Sue is rescued.


For the first time in a long time you can enjoy this weeks movie on Disney+

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