Tall Tales & Legends is a family friendly anthology tv series of 9 episodes that adapted various American-based folk tales and stories of bravery. It ran from 1985-1987 on Showtime as well as The Disney Channel. Executively Produced by Fred Fuchs and tv/film actress Shelley Duvall who also served as narrator following the success of her first anthology series called Faerie Tale Theatre. The series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. It was followed up by a four-part anthology series, titled Nightmare Classics.
Washington Irving's classic 1820 story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is retold in the first episode of the series that originally aired on September 25, 1985. Ed Begley Jr. stars as Ichabod Crane, a timid schoolteacher who faces a headless horseman one dark Halloween night. Cast also includes Beverly D'Angelo as Katrina Van Tassel, Charles Durning as Uncle Doffue, and Tim Thomerson as Brom Bones.
Several episodes were issued on VHS by CBS/Fox Video in the 1980s. Lyrick Studios made it a nine video VHS series in 1998. Koch Entertainment released the entire series on DVD in 2005, available as 9 separate DVDs or together as a box set. The complete series was rereleased again, this time in a three-DVD set, by E1 Entertainment in 2009. The video below was ripped from the Lyrick VHS release.
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