Watch Tall Story
- 1 hr 31 min
In the 1960 romantic comedy "Tall Story," we follow the ambitious Tom "Stud" Campus (Anthony Perkins), a college basketball star who dreams of playing in the NBA. Tom's college is in dire need of funds, and the solution lies in a wealthy donor's granddaughter, June Ryder (Jane Fonda), who arrives on campus and catches Tom's eye. However, there are two major obstacles in Tom's path: June is taken, and Tom's height-challenged roommate, Freddie (Ray Walston), is in love with her too.
Tom soon realizes that winning June's heart requires more than just athletics - he has to use his smarts as well. With Freddie's help, they hatch a plan to woo June by pretending to be interested in her intellectual pursuits. As Tom and Freddie dive deeper into the world of academia, they discover newfound talents they didn't know they had - and, of course, hijinks ensue.
As the story progresses, Tom's facade begins to crumble, and he must decide whether to come clean about his true intentions or continue with the ruse. June, meanwhile, finds herself torn between Tom's charming athleticism and Freddie's quirky charm.
Throughout the film, we see the clash of old and new values - Freddie, the older generation, is a firm believer in the importance of education, while Tom's generation favors sports and entertainment. In the end, both values are shown to have their merits, but it's up to each character to find their own path.
"Tall Story" also tackles issues of gender roles and sexual frustration - June is often seen bristling against the men in her life who try to pigeonhole her into the "girlfriend" stereotype, while Freddie discovers a newfound sense of masculinity through his relationship with June. Tom himself must grapple with his own sexual frustrations as he tries to win over the elusive June.
The film is notable for its clever writing and charming performances from its stars. Perkins is especially endearing as the hapless Tom, and Fonda shines as the strong-willed June. The film's lighthearted tone and fun, breezy soundtrack make it a perfect watch for a lazy afternoon.
Overall, "Tall Story" is a delightful romp through 1960s college life, full of heart and humor. It may not be the most groundbreaking film of its time, but it's sure to leave a smile on your face.
Tall Story is a 1960 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.