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The Tall T [DVD] [1957]

Randolph Scott , Richard Boone , Budd Boetticher    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Sullivan, Arthur Hunnicutt, Skip Homeier
  • Directors: Budd Boetticher
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, Greek, Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Italian, French, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,507 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Western star Randolph Scott straps on his guns for one of his very best films, now available on DVD for the first time. After losing his horse in a bull-riding contest, rancher Pat Brennan (Randolph Scott) hitches a lift home on the stagecoach out of the frontier town of Contention. At a remote way station, the stage is ambushed by a ruthless bandit gang led by Usher (Richard Boone). They don’t intend leaving any witnesses--until they discover that one of the passengers is copper heiress Doretta Mims (Maureen O’Sullivan). Now they want $50,000 in ransom from her father--or everybody dies. As tension mounts almost to breaking point, Brennan must discover a way to outwit--and outgun--the outlaw gang before they murder all of their hostages…

Adapted from a story by Elmore Leonard, The Tall T is widely acknowledged to be one of the very best films in a series of highly rated westerns starring Randolph Scott and directed by Budd Boetticher. In 2000, The American Library of Congress selected the film for special preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".


A ranch hand finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation and must protect a wealthy heiress from a gang of outlaws.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Boetticher Shoestring Gem. 10 April 2011
"The Tall T" was shown recently on the mid week afternoon movie spot on Channel 4. It has been all but forgotten except for a few connoisseurs of the western. It was part of a fine series of westerns directed by Budd Boetticher, starring Randolph Scott and written by Burt Kennedy. The three first worked together on the brilliant "Seven Men From Now"(56). Scott then joined forces with producer Harry Joe Brown forming their own production company. This team then went on to make "The Tall T"(57), "Decision at Sundown"(57), "Buchanan Rides Alone"(58), "Ride Lonesome"(59),"Westbound"(59) and "Comanche Station"(60). It is a quite remarkable series of westerns that became known as the "Ranown" series, and Brown's part in them should not be forgotten. The films were all similar in that they were filmed in desolate desert locations and had Scott playing a very similar character in all of them. This character was a taciturn, rugged, unsentimental individual who was able to think clearly with a calculating mind in adverse circumstances. A role ideal for Scott, whose grim faced visage suggested such strength of character.

"The Tall T" is perhaps the best of this brilliant series. The story is simple enough. Scott is picked up in the desert by a stagecoach which is later ambushed by bandits at a stage station. These men have already killed the stage station manager and his young son. The men then attempt to extract a fortune from the rich father of a woman travelling on the stage. Scott bides his time and tries to survive. He may just get that one opportunity! But time is very short. Will he just be another body thrown into the well at the stage station?

Most of the films in this series were made in less than a month on a shoestring budget, but it does not show a bit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Through the history of film there have been a few classic pairings of director and actor that have produced some out and out great films - Anthony Mann/James Stewart, John Huston/Humphrey Bogart, John Ford/John Wayne for example. I would humbly add Bud Boetticher/Randolph Scott to that list.

The Tall T (an odd title that seems to have nothing to do with the film!) is the second of seven films the pair would make together that formed the bulk of Scott's work in the last six years of his career. Along with the magnificent Ride The High Country they form a body of work that equalled, if not surpassed anything Scott's career to date and provided a magnificent high note for him to finish up on.

It's a classic little adventure. It's brisk, coming in at about 78 minutes, but in that short time the film makers manage to pack in a lot of punch. Scott plays Brennan, a man on his own just trying to make his way in the world. He gets caught up along with two newly weds in a mail robbery gone wrong, and when the bad guy decides to hold the bride to ransom things get a little tense as he knows he and the newly weds have just until the ransom is paid to live. He must use all his wiles to get them out alive.

Scott plays the archetypal hero, all honour and decency. The characterisation is essential to the thrilling finale, which comes around because of his sense of honour. Richard Boone is the head villain, and not as black as villains of the time are usually painted. A man of intelligence and charm, and his own set of principles, he understands Brennan, and in other circumstances you feel they may have been friends. You know the finale is inevitable, but you have sympathy for his character and you almost don't want it to happen.

It's a tight story, tightly directed and delivers action, character development and some great one liners. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tall T 3 Aug 2011
Elmore Leonard wrote Westerns before he turned to crime (in a novelistic sense) and this is adapted from one of his short stories.
Over the years the so-called Ranown cycle of westerns have rightly acquired the critical esteem that was denied them at the time of release. Taut, short and near faultless in execution it is true that they all pursue similar themes and have the same outdoor setting. Nevertheless compared to the tiresome buffoonery and sentimentality that mars John Ford's films and now seems so dated, and the off the wall hysteria of Fuller and Mann's neurotic westerns, not to mention such mavericks as JOHNNY GUITAR, this modest little series is for me the high point of the genre in the Fifties. Afterwards that bastard offspring, the Spaghetti western, was to play its part in destroying one of Hollywood's most durable genres, but the Boetticher/Kennedy/Scott combination seems to me to remain timeless.
As for this example, I wouldn't quarrel with those whose favourite it is - mine happens to be COMANCHE STATION - because it has the same qualities. It gets off to a leisurely start, taking time to establish characters. For once Scott is not a grim faced avenger but an affable rancher forced to hitch a stage coach ride home after a foolish gamble with his old boss results in the loss of his horse). After his old friend the stagedriver is gunned down at the lonely way station where he discovers that the station master and his young son (for whom he was bringing some candy) have been brutally murdered by a gang of cut throats, he is forced into a situation not of his own making. Also on the stagecoach is a honeymoon couple, although we quickly learn that the man has married an old maid for her money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Randolph Scott takes on Richard Boone and his gang in the magnificent...
In the mid 1950’s Director Budd Boetticher came together with ageing star Randolph Scott to make a remarkable group of B-Westerns. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Robert J. Evered
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scott
Marvellous film! Outstanding performances by Randolph Scott as the hero captured by the villainous Richard Boone and his two companions and held with Maureen O'Sullivan while her... Read more
Published 2 months ago by PEDRO
The film itself has been gone into wonderfully elsewhere on this Amazon site, so I'll be brief. The DVD is very good quality. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. W. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars western film
another great film with plenty of action and randlolph at his best great film classic good story line a clssic
Published 4 months ago by bob
3.0 out of 5 stars 50s Western.
very gritty for it's time, well acted, good cast, great location, the one part I found lacking was the end as R Scott reverted to to type. but that is due to direction.
Published 9 months ago by johnjwlewis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tall T
Typically good Scott western of the period. He sure made a lot of them. I believe that he was quoted as saying that he did so because it was what he felt the most comfortable... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael Sommer
3.0 out of 5 stars The Tall T
I do even like westerns, but i had expected more of this western adventure whith Randolph Scott.

Yes! I think, that i will recommend those items to my friends
Published 13 months ago by Ebbe Berndtsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
I'd been doing a little research on some other western movies when the name Budd Boetticher cropped up - and he was consistantly described in glowing terms: something along the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Prof Zebedee
5.0 out of 5 stars Well executed western
Randolph Scott never had the star appeal of John Wayne, but has, nevertheless, starred in some far above average westerns and the Tall T is certainly one of the best. Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. J. de Bulat
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tight Team
Great efficient grown-up story-telling and some great photography make for another memorable outing with walnut-featured Randy just shy of pension-age but still standing up for... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mario
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