Tall Tale, also known as Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Avdentures of Pecos Bill is a 1995 family Western movie starring Patrick Swayze, Nick Stahl, Oliver Platt, Roger Aaron Brown, Scott Glenn, Catherine O'Hara, and Jared Harris. Filming locations include Barstow, California, Carbondale, Colorado, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Utah's San Juan River, and Monument Valley, United States. Tall Tale was directed by Jeremiah S. Checkik, and written by Steven Bloom and Robert Rodat. It was produced by Caravan Pictures and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. This motion picture premiered on March 24, 1995.
The film tells a story about a boy, Daniel Hackett (Nick Stahl), who must save his father's farm. Daniel's father, Jonas (Stephen Lang), runs a farm in a place called Paradise Valley, but his land is coveted by a greedy developer, J.P. Stiles (Scott Glenn). Daniel looks longingly at postcards of New York City while growing increasingly skeptical of his father's tales of legendary folk heroes. Then, through a series of incredible adventures, Daniel meets up with the legends that his father has spoken about - cowboy Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze), lumberjack Paul Bunyan (Oliver Platt), and ex-slave and strongman John Henry (Roger Aaron Brown). Each of these heroes hooks up with Daniel and becomes involved in an increasingly bitter and boisterous fight against Stiles, whose plans to buy up land threaten the very strength of the folk heroes and the well-being of the common people.
- Patrick Swayze as Pecos Bill
- Nick Stahl as Daniel Hackett
- Oliver Platt as Paul Bunyan
- Roger Aaron Brown as John Henry
- Scott Glenn as J. P. Stiles
- Catherine O'Hara as Calamity Jane
- Jared Harris as Head Thug Pug
- Stephen Lang as Jonas Hackett
- Moira Harris as Sarah Hackett
- Joseph Grifasi as Man in Top Hat
- John P. Ryan as Grub
- Scott Wilson as Zeb
- Bert Kramer as Bronson
- Eric Lawson as Sheriff
- Bill Rodgers as Captain of Industry
- Keith Murphy as Old Man (uncredited)
- William H. Macy as Railroad Magnate (uncredited)
The film flopped domestically and worldwide, and did not make back its $32,000,000 budget. It made $3,046,181 in its opening weekend in the United States, eventually earning a total domestic gross of $8,247,627. It made $2,800,000 at the foreign box office, for a total worldwide gross of only $11,047,627.