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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Bob Wright, Jane Fonda, Marc Connelly, Murray Hamilton, Ray Walston, Tom Laughlin Anne Jackson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jane Fonda wants a man she can look up to: a basketball player. In her debut movie, Fonda plays a college coed with a clear-cut goal: convince all-American hoopster Anthony Perkins that a bachelor's degree doesn't mean unmarried! From the moment the future two-time Academy Award(r) winner* spins her bicycle across campus (and headlong into two professors) to the romantic fadeout, it's clear she possesses that quality called starpower. Footlight legend and longtime Fonda family friend Joshua Logan directed this frisky farce. The polished supporting cast includes the always engaging Ray Walston, Anne Jackson and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Marc Connelly (recreating his Tony(r)-nominated Broadway turn). Fonda has grown into an extraordinarily tall Hollywood legend. And it all started with her in Tall Story. * Best Actress for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978).

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny- a unique little sleeper! September 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This film is not like too many I've seen. It has a very odd comic tone(I've only felt this kind of odd sexual energy when watching something like Pretty Maids All In A Row). Jane Fonda plays a young girl who's come to college to get married-that's all. She is a huge basketball fan-especially of the team's star player played by Anthony Perkins. On top of two very funny performances by those tow-you've also got Ray Walston. Ray is in rare form here and seems to show the beginnings of a Mr. Hand-type teacher. Very entertaining and very funny-but funny in an almost campy- clever 50s sitcom kind of way. Very Good!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I think it was a great movie. It had me laughing and waiting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next.
It's about a girl named June Ryder,(Jane Fonda) who goes to the same college to capture the heart of a all-american basketball player Ray Blent (Anthony Perkins) and marry him. And she ends up in all of his classes. This movie includes Ray Walston, as the professor. This was a great movie which I think Anthony Perkins & Jane Fonda had chemistry. And the romance in it was wonderful. It has parts you have to rewind 2-3 times, (in my opinion anyway) Since I'm a big fan,and admire Anthony Perkins it was a enjoyable movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but very dated romantic comedy June 23, 2013
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Ray Blent (Anthony Perkins) is a smart, successful student, a star of his university basketball team, and extremely popular. June Ryder (Jane Fonda) has arrived on campus as a freshman with a primary aim of finding a husband with good future prospects. She decides early on that Ray is just the guy for her, and she both amuses and scandalizes two professors whom she steamrolls into helping her with her dogged pursuit of Ray. In order to be near him, she becomes a cheerleader and signs up for all his classes, several of which these two professors teach. Because June does such a good job pretending everything Ray is interested in is fascinating to her, too, he concludes that she's not merely a pretty, empty-headed girl, but intelligent like him. Then Ray is conned by some crooked men into seemingly participating in throwing a basketball game, and his whole future is on the line.

This 1960 black-and-white film is very much a reflection of the sexist, female steroeotypes of the era and some modern viewers may not be willing to tolerate those attitudes. For those who are willing to excuse those historical issues, this is an amusing little film.

Anthony Perkins, who made his most famous film, Psycho, the same year this movie was released, plays Ray as an innocent, slightly goofy guy whose many blessings in life have not gone to his head. Ray is about 21 years old, and though Perkins was 28 at the time, he is believable as that age. He's not particularly convincing as a basketball player, however.

Jane Fonda (Klute, Julia) makes her big-screen debut in this film.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic comedy circa 1950s April 4, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
"Tall Story" is a 1960 Josh Logan black and white film about college life, starring Anthony Perkins and Jane Fonda with Robert Redford in his big screen debut. It was based on a 1957 novel and a 1959 Broadway play.

Anthony Perkins (1932-92) plays a college basketball star. Perkins is best remembered for his role as Norman Bates in "Psycho" (1960) and baseball legend Jimmy Piersall in "Fear Strikes Out" (1957). He was nominated for an Oscar for "Friendly Persuasion" (1957) and won Best Actor at Cannes for "Goodbye Again" (1961), but personally I think "Fear Strikes Out" is his best performance. Perkins plays a basketball player faced with ethical choices. He does a good job in this light comedy, although his basketball skills leave a little to be desired.

Jane Fonda (1937 -) is better known for her social and political activism, but underneath there is a long and distinguished career as an actress, including Oscar winning performances in "Klute" (1972) and "Coming Home" (1978) as well as 5 more nominations, 2 BAFTA Oscars for "Julia" (1977) and "The China Syndrome" (1979), and an Emmy for "The Dollmaker" (1984). Four times she won the Golden Globe and the People's Choice awards as most favorite actress. "Tall Story" was her film debut. She plays a husband hunting cheerleader and she is very sweet.

The marvelously funny Ray Walston (1914-2001) appears as Perkins' professor. Most people know him best as "My Favorite Martian" (1963-6) or as Mr. Hand from "Fast Times at Ridgmont High" (1982). Walston won 2 Emmys for his work on "Picket Fences" and a Tony for "Damn Yankees" (1956).

Look for Robert Redford (1936 -) who makes his film debut, uncredited, as a basketball player along with Gary Lockwood ("2001").
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More proof positive. . . November 3, 2005
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. . .that a good, funny film can be made without offending anyone's sensibilities. So, WHERE'S THE DVD ???!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Were times ever that simple July 12, 2014
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A great romantic comedy from the past. Great actors and lots of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining June 30, 2014
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Light, funny, and charming, this movie is a great look back at how it was and how far we have come or not come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good old movie.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember it from my youth
When I was younger I had to stay in bed for 9 months due to an illness and I fell in love with this movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Megann Zeigler
3.0 out of 5 stars Wacky!
Off beat comedy. Good acting. Not a lot of depth to it but entertaining. The acting is good. Definitely unusual.
Published 5 months ago by Mary S. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Anthony Perkins movie
I liked this very much, because Anthony Perkins was in it. It was a good movie & enjoyable. Any Anthony Perkins fan would like it, also.
Published 7 months ago by Exodus
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of real Americana
I'm certainly a Tony Perkins fan, but my 5-star rating for "Tall Story" has roots in a whole host of things related to the film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Tall Story
I remember watching this movie when I was a teen and enjoyed it so much. It still has that something that makes you laugh and feel good.
Published 14 months ago by Darrell R. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovered Comedy of Distinction
A group of the best comedy talents of the time team up to lampoon the Cold War and systematic husband hunting in one offbeat story. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mary Jane Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Romantic Comedy
One of The first projects, if not the first for Jane Fonda. Also a chance to see Anthony Perkins before he was type cast in Psycho. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Trey
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong movie on disc
I cannot review Tall Story, because the movie actually burned onto the disc was a 1951 mystery named The Tall Target.
Published 18 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual for Tony, a comedy!
I remember watching this movie as a child. Every afternoon they showed old movies and I watched them with my mother when she had time. Read more
Published 20 months ago by D. Martin
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