Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: March 24, 1995 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
I remember reading about Paul Bunyan and his Baby Blue Ox when I was a kid. Hid towering presence and tall tales made exciting reading in grade school. Pecos Bill was made legendary by Disney's cartoon and John Henry was the steel driving man in a popular song from the fifties. Together they should be a force to deal with as they attempt to protect Daniel Hackett (Nick Stahl), a frontier boy from the evil railroad baron J.P. Stiles (Scott Glenn).
Patrick Swayze effectively plays Pecos Bill, Roger Aaron Brown is John Henry and Oliver Platt is Paul Bunyan. They each do justice to their characters but they are portrayed as men, not legends. A common man could not have dug the Rio Grande or survived in the far north in such cold weather that his words froze and he sent them south to thaw out when they arrived at their destination.
Tall Tale is just not tall enough to meet its expectations.