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  • Actors: Anthony Perkins, Bob Wright, Jane Fonda, Marc Connelly, Murray Hamilton, Ray Walston, Tom Laughlin Anne Jackson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006WQUJTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,184 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Faulkner & Joyce Fan on July 15, 2012
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Though I'm not a Jane Fonda fan, I've always considered her interesting. Since I'd never seen this film before in any format, I thought I'd give it a shot. As it turns out, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

Tall Story is a farcical look at college life circa 1960. But, although it was filmed at Warner Brothers, it has the look and feel of certain early-50s 20th Century Fox comedies, such as Monkey Business. The film lumbers along at an irregular pace, with scenes not transitioning well from one to the next. Ray Walston, in the roll of a college professor, is given a large slice of the pie here and comports himself generally well. Tony Perkins is well cast and believable in the male lead. Jane Fonda is just plain miscast. I've long considered Fonda to be a poor actress overall (exceptions: Klute and the final two "big" scenes in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?), but here she's totally out of place. She's too intelligent, too focused in her energy, too sophisticated, too mature (she was 21 or 22 here and she looks at least 25) and too elegant for the role of June Ryder. This role requires a flighty, fun-loving, bubbly personality, and Jane Fonda isn't it. Her abilities as a comedienne would improve later, when she adopted a dryer tone, but she doesn't pull the laughs in Tall Story that she should (I laughed at one of her lines).

What's most interesting about this film is its parallel-universe flavor. Tall Story was made/released in 1960. In that same year, Warners also released Splendor in the Grass, another young love flick--quite torrid for its time and, consequently, more memorable. Also in 1960, Tony Perkins appeared in Psycho, a huge hit then and a bona fide classic.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darrell R. Foster on July 27, 2013
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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.
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This is just an okay movie, I give it *3* stars which is
the rightful rating of this movie!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane Stone on June 6, 2013
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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. Fonda's June is the beauty who transfers to Custer College because it has a thriving basketball program and she is "tall for a girl," and ready to use her brainpower to find a tall husband. It works spectacularly and quickly, but complications ensue when Custer is scheduled to play a touring Russian team and June's prize catch catches wise to her plan. A professor's happy wife sees June as herself at a younger age and steps in to help. Discover this nearly forgotten gem and with it some vintage 1960 humor.
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By roleen komes on March 21, 2015
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very good movie
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trey on April 4, 2013
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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. Charming , old fashioned romantic comedy with the bubbly Jane and the painfully shy Tony. For the observant movie fanatic like myself, a chance to see Gary Lockwood as a Russian basketball player, an American actor. You may remember him from the second episode of the Original Star Trek, opposite Sally Kellerman ( Mash, hot lips Hoolihan) as super espers with God like powers. A must for lovers of nostalgia and romantic comedies!
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