By Ed Hulse
Updated August 11, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

A hoary horse-opera plot gets dusted off for Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventure of Pecos Bill, an exceptionally handsome action fable. Acting honors go to Scott Glenn, playing a diabolical gunman who menaces the settlers of Paradise Valley until a plucky farm boy (Nick Stahl) enlists the aid of legendary folk heroes Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze, looking as if he stepped out of a Remington painting), Paul Bunyan, and John Henry. The exquisitely photographed landscapes pull you out of your living room and into the grandeur of the West. B+