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Tall Tales & Legends: The Complete Series (1985)

Jamie Lee Curtis , Brian Dennehy , Christopher Guest , David Grossman  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Brian Dennehy, Cliff De Young, Nancy Lenehan, Lu Leonard
  • Directors: Christopher Guest, David Grossman, David Steinberg, Edd Griles, Howard Storm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 458 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tall Tales & Legends: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Weaving American folk heroes into “larger than life” stories, Shelley Duvall’s Tall Tales & Legends is the award-winning, live-action series that is perfect for the entire family to enjoy together. This ultimate collector’s collection includes all nine, music-filled, star-studded episodes!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Ed Begley, Jr. stars as Ichabod Crane, the superstitious new schoolmaster who finds himself competing for the heart of Katrina (Beverly D’Angelo) and comes face-to-face with Sleepy Hollow’s most famous resident, the Headless Horseman.

Pecos Bill – Steve Guttenberg portrays Pecos Bill, the “King of the Cowboys,” in this rootin’ tootin’ epic. When his rowdy behavior gets him run out of town, he heads for Mexico and saves the state of Texas from drought. Also stars Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Mull and Megan Mullally.

Casey at the Bat – Elliott Gould stars as Casey Frank, a down-on-his-luck baseball player who follows his dreams to become the biggest star in the game. Carol Kane, Bob Uecker and Howard Cosell co-star in this spirited salute to America’s pastime.

Darlin’ Clementine – Shelley Duvall portrays Clementine, a lonely woman who takes care of everyone around her until her selfish father learns a valuable lesson. Ed Asner, David Dukes and Michael Richards also star in this tale based on the legendary folk song.

Johnny Appleseed – Johnny Appleseed (Martin Short) travels across the land with a cooking pot on his head and his pockets filled with apple seeds and shows that there’s nothing wrong with being different. Also stars Molly Ringwald and Rob Reiner.

Ponce de Leon – The search for youth has never been so much fun as Ponce (Michael York) teams up with Lucy (Sally Kellerman), the Lady Pirate, in the ultimate adventure.

John Henry – “On the night John Henry was born, lightning bolts shaped like nine-pound hammers filled the sky,” and from that day on, John Henry (Danny Glover) was known as the extraordinary boy who became an extraordinary man.

Davy Crockett – The multi-talented Mac Davis brings the story of America’s coonskin-capped pioneer to life. On the wild frontier, Davy Crockett earns a reputation for bravery and courage and proves that anything is possible.

Annie Oakley – Jamie Lee Curtis stars as the famous Annie Oakley “Little Miss Sure Shot” in this charming portrayal of the legendary markswoman. This enchanting tale also stars Brian Dennehy as Buffalo Bill Cody.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shelley duvall's american folklore collection August 3, 2009
For fans of Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater, Tall Tales and Legends represents another fantastic collection of star-studded stories. In this, her second anthology collection, Ms. Duvall focused on American Folklore stories rather than the more internationally known fairy tales of the more well known collection "Faerie Tale Theatre". Stories like Johnny Appleseed, Casey at the Bat, Darlin' Clementine all come alive in Tall Tales, and while the sets may be a little more sparce than in Faerie Tale Theatre, the stories and productions are once again fantastic, and the casts are once again superb. In our family, Martin Short as Johnny Appleseed is the clear cut winner among the younger sect (ages 7 and 9).

The original release of this was quite expensive and included 9 individual dvd's in individual cases. This new version is a welcomed re-build of the series onto 3 discs, compiling the stories into a smaller overall package with a very attractive price point and a smaller foot-print on the proverbial kid's shelf. Kudos to E1 for the re-formatting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids & Educational December 28, 2010
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I home school my kids and these stories came in handy giving them something they could enjoy as well as learn from. I was very pleased with the purchase and it coupled with the faerie tale theater set the girls have all the shows I enjoyed growing up and can enjoy them over and over again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love thes - good for the whole family February 5, 2011
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I bought this DVD set to replace a partial collection of these videos on VHS. These are always enjoyable and good for the whole family.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shelley goes All American! August 22, 2008
As a huge fan of Ms. Duvall's work on Faerie Tale Theatre, her second body of work, Tall Tales & Legends, took the same approach production wise and pointed her skills at tales of American Folklore.

Live-action and star-empowered, these tales are equally as enjoying for both young and old alike, as are the acclaimed Faerie Tale Theatre stories. Johnny Appleseed is my kids absolute fav (Martin Short as Johnny), but Casey at the Bat, John Henry... they all ad up to a wonderful body of work that interestingly plays beautifully in/around first and second grade when American Folklore is taught in the public schools (at least in our area it is). The Appleseed tale took my little girl from watching the show to wanting to, and successfully reading the tale to then... writing a little book report for her class.

Thank you Ms. Duvall, for playing a positive role in teaching my kid to read. Kudos again to you for your work.

PS: The upcoming release of Faerie Tale Theatre as a set that includes a book deserves TWO THUMBS UP, as they say. Watch them, read them. How well was THAT idea thought out??? Kudos to KOCH Vision for such great products for our children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for education! May 19, 2013
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I got this to use in my classroom... great for compare and contrasting legends and tall tales and even to start a unit.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Family Fun! May 31, 2008
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These are classic tales told by and All-star cast! Perfect for teaching today's children all about American Folk Lore.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great work January 15, 2006
By Roland
Shelley Duvall has given perhaps the best contemporary treatment to fairy tales in the last 100 years - no joke!
She has captured the true essence of the tales, and has not made them cheesy or expurgated the darker elements of the tales, like Disney always does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of the discs don't work February 20, 2013
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My boys have enjoyed watching this classic, but we have had trouble with one of the discs refusing to play. It worked in one of our DVD players but not the other. And the quality of the recording is not the best.

3 stars because the series itself is good, but the quality of the discs they are on is pretty poor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality movies for kids of all ages.
Shelley Duvall at her best again!
Published 1 month ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars DMVMT
A great series with 9 tall tales and legends. Great actors play roles in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Darlin Clementine, John Henry, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DMVMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories!
Our son with Down syndrome watches these over and over. He learns a lot and enjoys the telling of the tales.
Published 4 months ago by Grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality family entertainment!!!
So happy to have found this to share with my daughter. What a groovy treat! I enjoyed these movies when I was a kid and now I can enjoy them all over again with my kid.
Published 5 months ago by S.H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I love Shelly Duvals DVDS. I would highly suggest getting them for your children. Some of the actors were very young and now very famous. It came in perfect condition.
Published 5 months ago by marie mcAllister
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Purchased this for our school library media center - outstanding series highly recommend for grades 1-6 and ages six and up
Published 6 months ago by S. West
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice stories
Delivered on time in advertised condition. Good intro to legends and real theater production as opposed to the cartoon versions that kids grow up with today.
Published 6 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars really heart felt movies.Plenty of good times watching.
really good to watch and relax and see some fun movies and just enjoy with family and friends, please sit and enjoy.
Published 8 months ago by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars fun videos to watch
i bought the dvd of fairytales by shelly duval and thought i would these a chance. well acted and the costumes are great too.
Published 8 months ago by O. Thibodeaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movies
A fresh look at legends and heros, Shelley Duvall chose a good selection of stories to bring to the small screen.
Published 11 months ago by Connie Stafford
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