The Tall Target

The true-life Baltimore Plot provides the inspiration for this Hollywood thriller directed with film noir overtones by Anthony Mann and possessing a real feel for the powder-keg political atmosphere of 1861.
The Tall Target
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  • Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 1, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1951
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 245
Rating: 4/4 -- As in Reign of Terror, Anthony Mann fashions a noir mini-masterpiece out of incongruous period reconstruction.
Slant Magazine
Jun 8, 2006
Rating: A -- Mann's strong direction keeps things taut, fast-paced, very well-detailed and nail-biting. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jul 7, 2006
... a film full of dynamic images and marvelous grace notes. Full Review
Seanax.com
Dec 6, 2009
Rating: 76/100 -- For all its social relevance, The Tall Target is first and foremost a 50's drama, full of action, whiskey, and saucy characters. Full Review
Film and Felt
Feb 14, 2009

Description by OLDIES.com:

Former police officer John Kennedy doesn't have a ticket, but he's determined to stay aboard the overnight train rolling from New York to Washington DC. He's convinced that someone - or some ones - among the passengers intends to kill newly elected President Abraham Lincoln when the train stops in Baltimore.

The true-life Baltimore Plot provides the inspiration for this Hollywood thriller directed with film noir overtones by Anthony Mann and possessing a real feel for the powder-keg political atmosphere of 1861. Dick Powell (Murder, My Sweet) portrays Kennedy with appropriate grit, sifting through layers of duplicity and confronting escalating dangers as the Night Express rumbles toward destination... or assassination."

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THE TALL TARGET is based on a true story: the attempted assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln, even before he was able to assume his duties in Washington. Dick Powell stars as New York detective John Kennedy, who learns of the assassination plot early on. When his superiors refuse to believe his wild tale, Kennedy quits the force and boards the Presidential train, hoping to prevent the killing on his own. The problem: who can he trust on board, and who can't be trusted' Ginny Beaufort (Paula Raymond), the sister of the would-be assassin, might be able to prevent the tragedy -- if she isn't in on the conspiracy, that is. The supporting cast includes Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson, Will Geer, and, as a slave, a young Ruby Dee. The film's nail-biting climax is brilliantly handled by Anthony Mann, whose directorial expertise was becoming sharper with each successive film in the early 1950s.

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  • UPC: 883316204795
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