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219 Ratings

The Tall T

Directed by Budd Boetticher
United States, 1957


An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws.

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The Tall T Directed by Budd Boetticher

Critics reviews

Much of the action is mental—the discipline of self-control and careful observation required in a desperate waiting game—but Boetticher gives the physical side a full measure of brutality, with bodies dragged, jerked, torn, and otherwise abused in the lawless wild. What emerges from the depths of the victims’ mortal anxiety is character—their recognition of virtue in others and, for that matter, in themselves—and survival comes off as its primal mark.
June 30, 2014
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A deep and bitter study of hostility and serenity, a waltz between the hero who admits he’s scared and the villain who hopes one day to have his own little ranch. The last line (“It’s gonna be a nice day”) is the perfect echo for Boetticher’s West, a void where a man keeps his opponent alive just so he can tell him his dreams.
May 27, 2014
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