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Walt Disney Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventure

4.6 out of 5 stars 264 customer reviews

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Patrick Swayze (Ghost) stars as gun-slinging, tornado-riding cowboy legend Pecoas Bill in Disney's most rousing Western adventure yet! Summoned by the imagination of a young boy (Nick Stahl), Pecos sets out to help the lad save the family farm from a greedy landgrabber. Teaming with two other larger-than-life heroes -- a mighty lumberjack and a hulking railroad worker -- they embark on an incredible journey where danger and surprises await at every turn. Packed with plenty of rollicking action and visual effects, untamed adventure doesn't ride any faster or shoot any straighter than "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventure"!

Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Swayze, Scott Glenn, Oliver Platt, Nick Stahl
  • Directors: Jeremiah Chechik
  • Producers: Joe Roth and Roger Birnbaum
  • Format: Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 97.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7RS7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lot's of action to keep my husband awake. A wonderful excursion through several legendary names ie:Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry ect. This movie does a great job of presenting solid values like Honor, Trust, Doing the right thing, and commitment. I also found that this movie did an excellent job of avoiding the traps of foul language and sex. There is fighting and shooting, old west style. It doesn't get gorey or out of proportion to the storyline. All around as a conservative Christian mother I must say that this is a wonderful movie for the whole family.
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This movie grows on me more and more each time I watch it. It would be worth watching just for spectacular scenes like John Henry holding back a locomotive single-handed, or Pecos Bill lassoeing and riding a twister. It has more, though. It has the Code of the West ( Respect the land, defend the defenseless, and never spit in front of women or children.) It also has the message to never let "progress" bulldoze the dream of what is right, and good, and true.

It used to confuse me that the West was embodied in Pecos Bill, the North in Paul Bunyan, and the South in John Henry, while the East was unrepresented. Then it hit me. The East is represented by the villains, the frock-coated, carpet-bagging, Yankee reptiles that are out to destroy the land. After all, as the chief villain points out, there is no Code of the East- only Profit at any cost....

Alot of this film isn't exactly "politically correct." It actually shows, fighting, gun-toting, drinking, and cigar smoking. Why, if a youngster was to watch it, there is some small chance that he might actually grow up to be a ...MAN!
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Great for all ages, more movies like this one need to be made. I enjoyed the old stories so well, I am buying it for my grandkids. Also getting them the books, these stories need to be kept alive.
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I teach 2nd and 3rd grade in CA. Part of our Language Arts curriculum is to study tall tales, and so, after learning all about tall tales; history, make up, and the famous American ones, we watched this movie. It was the perfect culmination.

Two things I would think about before watching the movie though:

1) Children can just watch the movie and enjoy it, but they will get so much more out of it if they know the tall tales behind the characters-Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, Calamity Jane.

2) There is some violence in the movie. Not violence for violence sake, and no blood spurting, but definitely guns and punching in the manner of the "Old West" movies of the 50's.
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Daniel Hackett(Nick Stahl) saves a small farming community from greedy land grabbers with the help of 3 legendary characters Pecos Bill(Patrick Swayze), Paul Bunyan(Oliver Platt) and John Henry(Roger Aaron Brown). Daniel's father(Stephen Lang) has told him the fables of these charatcers yet he refuses to believe until he is in desperate need of help. With the help of his new found friends Daniel saves the day. This movie is set in the mis to late 1800s I suppose and was a joy to watch. Cameo appearances are made by Burgess Meredith(Mickey from the Rocky movies) and Catherine O'Hara who plays Calamity Jane.
This movie is suitable for all ages and is an excellent fantasy/adventure film.
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This is a great movie,one of my favorites,
but Disney did a terrible transfer to dvd.
It only seems to have vhs resolution,and it
is only in full screen (clipped) instead of
wide screen giving the full picture the way
it was made!
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Patrick Swazye, Oliver Platt, and Roger Aaron Brown help Nick Stahl fight off three grave robbers and save his farm from being part of a railroad indusutury. When I watched it for the first time I thought it deserved 5 stars.
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Its not all that bad. Anyone who's a fan of Disney can watch it. It starts off like this, how most relationships are between a father & son. I didn't quite understand what was going on until the meeting, & that guy whoever he is there trying to persuade people to sell him their land to extend the railroad track through paradise valley. If you like your land don't consider selling. So the boy quickly learns how his father feels, & runs away with the deed. I'll say this the movies good, but don't expect a huge old giant of Paul Bunyan like in the cartoon. Patrick Swayze is Pecos Bill in the movie, but I think the mustache he's wearing is fake. To me though he looks silly, he makes a pretty good cowboy that can almost make you laugh, then Oliver Platt stars as Paul Bunyan, he is strong & a perfect character for the movie, he really only looks around 6 ft. 7'' though. Good costumes by the way. John Henry is also impressive, as he tries to beat the machine. He almost did, & Daniel Hackett after being warned by Pecos, (Stay away from the horse or he'll kill you), doesn't take long before Widow Maker makes an acception for Daniel as a friend, & winning the horses respect to where he'd allow Daniel to pet him. Like every movie I've watched before the parts are impressive. I liked the criminal played by Scott Glen who stays on their trail no matter where they go. I know how it all seems, Daniel falling asleep & drifting away in the boat & ending up in the desert.Read more ›
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