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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill
Directed by Jeremiah Chechik
Buena Vista Home Entertainment 03/95 DVD/VHS Feature Film
PG - western action violence

In Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill, adolescent Daniel (Nick Stahl) is frightened by some villains who want to get the deed to his family farm so they can strip mine an entire valley.

The boy falls asleep and awakens in a desert. There he meets Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze), the legendary sharpshooter who can ride a tornado; John Henry (Roger Aaron Brown), the best railroad spike driver ever; and Paul Bunyan (Oliver Platt), the greatest logger of all time.

These superheroes teach him the code of the West, which involves defending the defenseless — in this case, the land. They help Daniel conquer his fear and discover his inner strengths. Finally, they challenge him to act boldly to protect his community. Tall Tale proves that allies are always available to those who yearn to do the right thing.

 

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