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The Tall T (1957)

Approved | | Romance, Thriller, Western | 2 April 1957 (USA)
An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Burt Kennedy (screenplay), Elmore Leonard (based on a story by)
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Cast

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

Having lost his horse in a bet, Pat Brennan hitches a ride with a stagecoach carrying newlyweds, Willard and Doretta Mims. At the next station the coach and its passengers fall into the hands of a trio of outlaws headed by a man named Usher. When Usher learns that Doretta is the daughter of a rich copper-mine owner, he decides to hold her for ransom. Tension builds over the next 24 hours as Usher awaits a response to his demands and as a romantic attachment grows between Brennan and Doretta. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Taut! Torrid! Tremendous! T Is for Terror!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Captives See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During a meal, Chink is talking to Hank about Mrs. Sims and says "Had me a quiet woman once". The conversation, almost word for word, is also used the "Return of the Magnificent Seven" where Warren Oates' character talks about his love of women and Sonora Town. See more »

Goofs

When Scott gets thrown by the bull he throws himself in the water trough. When Scott surfaces and gets out you can see bulky elbow pads in his shirt, one sleeve is pulled up over the white pad and Scott pulls his shirt sleeve down to cover it. See more »

Quotes

Pat Brennan: [Referring to Mims] Who is he anyway?
Ed Rintoon: Old man Gateway's son-in-law... as of this morning. Married into the richest copper mine in the territory.
Pat Brennan: Then she must be Doretta Gateway.
Ed Rintoon: Yep, she was scheduled to be an old maid till Willard came along. She's plain as adobe wall.
Pat Brennan: But not too plain for Willard, huh?
Ed Rintoon: Nothin' plain about Old Man Gateway's holdin's. Folks say that his worth's just the other side of one half million dollars. That's too much money for one man to worry about.
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Fulfilling meal of a movie
28 May 2002 | by rsyungSee all my reviews

There's nothing epic about this well-crafted, workman-like western, and that works in its favor. Randolph Scott is wonderful as the world-weary small-time rancher who's pursuing a better life at an age when most men in those days were either retired or dead. He meets his evil double in the guise of Richard Boone, who finds himself out of place with the heartless thugs he finds himself running with. It's his fate but he yearns for the life that Scott has chosen. Wonderful location work. Dialogue and action are used to service the story and that's all, as it should be. As fulfilling and satisfying a movie as a good serving of stew and a mug of hot coffee.


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