The Tall T

  • PG
  • Budd Boetticher (1957)
  • US
  • 74 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

A perfect small-scale western. Randolph Scott plays the very ordinary cowpoke who stumbles into the hands of kidnappers, carefully biding his time to turn the tables and free their captive, the rich man's wife played by Maureen O'Sullivan. The outlaws are finely etched in Burt Kennedy's screenplay (from an Elmore Leonard story) as both ruthless and human, and skilfully portrayed by Henry Silva, Skip Homeier and, especially, Richard Boone as their leader, a lonely, intelligent figure who cannot escape his nature. It is superbly filmed, almost entirely outdoors, by director Budd Boetticher, and the vivid, desolate landscape greatly enhances the drama.

Plot Summary

Western starring Randolph Scott, Richard Boone and Maureen O'Sullivan. The courageous Pat Brennan and newlyweds Doretta and Willard Mims are held hostage at a stagecoach station by bandits, whose ruthless leader, Usher, has no qualms about killing anyone who gets in his way.

Cast and crew

Cast

Pat Brennan
Randolph Scott
Usher
Richard Boone
Doretta Mims
Maureen O'Sullivan
Ed Rintoon
Arthur Hunnicutt
Billy Jack
Skip Homeier
Chink
Henry Silva
Willard Mims
John Hubbard
Tenvoorde
Robert Burton

Crew

Director
Budd Boetticher

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Guidance: 
Some violence.
Available on DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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