The Tall T
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Perhaps the grittiest and grimmest of the Randolph Scott-Budd Boetticher collaborations, The Tall T was adapted by Burt Kennedy from the Elmore Leonard short story The Captive. Scott plays a former ranch foreman who, along with newlyweds Maureen O'Sullivan and John Hubbard, is held hostage at a deserted stagecoach station by ruthless bandit Richard Boone and his henchmen Henry Silva and Skip Homeier. Since we already know that Boone has no qualms about killing a freckle-faced 10 year old boy, we shudder to think of what's in store for Scott and his fellow captives once Boone carries… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Conceals a complex world view beneath its desolate and blood-soaked landscapes."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The Tall T has some of the best sequences in the "Ranown" series."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Boetticher unfolds this hostage scenario on bare natural prosceniums, and with stark delicacy lets the characters' personal moral codes brush against and shade into each other"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A marvelous but bleak psychological Western."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Western gem full of trickster characters and an odd take on gender."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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