Tall Tale

Synopsis: A young boy draws on the inspiration of legendary western characters to find the strength to fight an evil land baron in the old west who wants to steal his family's farm and destroy their idyllic community. When Daniel Hackett sees his father Jonas gravely wounded by the villainous Stiles, his first urge is for his family to flee the danger, and give up their life on a farm which Daniel has come to despise anyway. Going alone to a lake to try to decide what to do, he falls asleep on a boat and wakes to find himself in the wild west, in the company of such "tall tale" legends as Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, John Henry and Calamity Jane. Together, they battle the same villains Daniel is facing in his "real" world.
Director(s): Jeremiah S. Chechik
Production: Buena Vista
 
IMDB:
5.9
Rotten Tomatoes:
50%
PG
Year:
1995
98 min
78 Views

Sampson, come on, get up.

Get up, boy. Come on, Sampson, get up.

Sampson, come on now. Get up.

Get up, Sampson.

Daniel, where were you?

Your father's fit to be tied.

There was a horseless carriage.

l knew it was something like that.

You and your flights of fancy!

What will we do with you?

We have enough to worry about,

what with all that's happening in town.

- Where's Pa?

- ln the barn, tending to Sampson.

Sorry, Pa.

Sorry ain't good enough.

Just lucky Sampson didn't break a leg.

Pa, there was a horseless carriage

right here in Paradise Valley.

This is a farm! Work's got to be

done when it's supposed to be done!

- l hate the farm.

- What was that?

l hate the farm!

l wish you'd sell it. l hate it!

- You don't know what you're saying.

- Yes, l do.

lt's nothing. lt's just a dried-up,

miserable piece of ground!

You hold your tongue!

There's wood needs splitting.

You go on. Get to it. Go on!

A man works and slaves to give

his son something worth having,

and he throws it back

like it don't mean beans!

He's just a boy, Jonas.

He's 12 years old.

Sun will be setting soon.

Trout will be near starving.

l ever tell you about the time

Pecos Bill wrestled John Henry

at the Upside Down Mountain?

At least 100 times, Pa.

That many?

Well... What about that morning

Pecos Bill spiked Paul Bunyan's

flapjacks with hot chilli peppers?

Bunyan's breath

came spurting out like fire.

Burned down an entire Arizona territory.

l reckon l told you that one, too.

What about the time old Pecos Bill

took on, single-handed,

50 of the toughest, meanest outlaws

this side of the Rockies?

A person would have to be a fool

to take on 50 men.

Them 50 varmints slapped leather,

but before you could say,

''Pass the peas'',

Pecos Bill emptied

both his six-shooters.

- Shot off their trigger fingers.

- Their trigger fingers?

lt was Sunday.

Pecos never killed on a Sunday.

- Pa, it's just a tall tale.

- That don't mean it ain't true.

- lt's crazy talk.

- Then Pecos Bill swung his lariat,

roped a passing twister

and rode off into the sky.

- Pa, Pecos Bill ain't real.

- He's out there.

Where there's still enough

elbow room for a man to wander.

He's out there, where the land's

still young and wild.

You don't believe me.

l swear to you

by the Code of the West.

Pecos Bill is as real as you and me.

Now, you know the Code of the West,

don't you?

Yeah, Pa, l know.

Respect the land,

defend the defenceless,

and don't you never spit

in front of women and children.

Do you want me to bow down

and sell like the rest of 'em want to?

lf it means staying alive, yes.

Why is it always you that's the hero,

you that sticks his neck out?

Because somebody's got to.

Jonas, no guns!

This isn't a story you tell to Daniel.

lt ain't that bad.

You're so quick to risk your life.

What about your family?

What about us?

That's why l'm doing this.

l'll be back before you know it.

Be careful.

l'm selling. Stiles ain't a man

to take no for an answer.

He can't make us sell.

Not if we all stick together.

My pa was a farmer.

l know what it's like to work the land

till your hands are blistered and raw,

hoping the weather won't turn bad,

praying the crop'll come in,

hanging on when it don't.

Oh, yeah...

l know what it's like to be a farmer.

And l got out.

Hallelujah!

Now l'm giving you all the same

chance l made for myself.

A way out.

50 dollars an acre.

Cold cash. With that kind

of pocket change, my friends,

you can buy yourselves

a nice new house in town.

Fill it with all the modern conveniences.

lndustry makes them things.

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