Video Review

Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventure of Pecos Bill (1995)

MPAA Rating: PG

Details Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Action/Adventure, Kids and Family, Western; With: Scott Glenn and Patrick Swayze

A hoary horse-opera plot gets dusted off for Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventure of Pecos Bill, an exceptionally handsome action fable. Acting honors go to Scott Glenn, playing a diabolical gunman who menaces the settlers of Paradise Valley until a plucky farm boy (Nick Stahl) enlists the aid of legendary folk heroes Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze, looking as if he stepped out of a Remington painting), Paul Bunyan, and John Henry. The exquisitely photographed landscapes pull you out of your living room and into the grandeur of the West. B+

Originally posted Aug 11, 1995 Published in issue #287 Aug 11, 1995 Order article reprints

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