The Big Country

The Big Country

DVD - 2001
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A retired ship captain moves west to marry and start life over as a rancher. He finds himself between two families at war over cattle watering rights, unaccepted by the local people, and in a deteriorating relationship.


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Jan 10, 2019

The score by Jerome Moross is splendid. The use of the wide screen is pitch perfect. The title sequence is just amazing. The movie is worth watching just for that.
The stage coach approaching the town in the upper right of the screen is matched by Chuck Connors approaching from the lower left. Only the wide screen could capture scene.

Dec 26, 2018

Gregory Peck, ~Silent Hero. Burl Ives ~Oscar winning performance. Chuck Conners ~Always known as the good guy, has role as a very bad hombre. (Tough to watch). Charlton Heston ~Boot licker to a ranch owner. Long? Yes, but that's how they were made then, get over it, toss your watch. I liked the theme of not trying to impress others, instead having strength in character, patience, & wisdom capable in most, yet seldom seen, back then, or for that matter, especially these days.

Aug 08, 2016

Could somebody explain to me why this movie is 2 hours and 40 minutes? There's a shorter, better movie buried in here. It's still good, especially the cast, but it's attempt at the epic is misguided. But director William Wyler did do "Ben-Hur," so maybe he couldn't help himself. Gregory Peck is solid in the lead and the fine supporting cast features Charlton Heston (a rare non-leading role), Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker ("Baby Doll"), Chuck Connors, and Burl Ives, who won an Oscar for his role. Heston and Connors would act together again in "Soylent Green" and Peck and Wyler had worked together previously on "Roman Holiday." While it looks great on blu-ray, I'm sure it would look even better on the big screen.

Jul 13, 2016

VERY GOOD 1958 classic somewhat Shakespearean big scale western about the conflict between sailor and cowboys in old West.
In one scene ex-sailor Gregory Peck tells the cowboys extolling the size of their big country (film has lots of fab visuals) that oceans are big, too.
Lots of engrossing character conflict and romance drama with talented actors in great settings.

Aug 22, 2015

Really good Western starring Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston & Jean Simmons. A little long maybe- but still worth watching if you like classic Westerns.

Sep 03, 2014

Epic movies look best on a wide screen. You won't need it in the case of "The Big Country". The movies has what I call an epic cast in Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carol Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford, and Chuck Conners. The script is great and the location shots of the old west are breathtaking. I must call this film a buried film treasure in the KCLS catalog. KCLS has only one copy of this great movie. There are four holds on it, and you people are really onto the best films. I still encourage anyone who likes an epic western, to put their KCLS card in on a hold for "The Big Country". From the director on down, this was a great effort on all concerned. As always, let me know your reaction to the movie.

brendancarlson Jun 27, 2014

If there's such a thing as a wonderful, low-key epic movie, this is it.

Froster Jul 29, 2013

What a cast! What a director! What a letdown! One of the recurring "jokes" heard in the screenplay is "this is a Big Country", but what they should have been saying is "this is a Big Movie". And as such, there's a lot of platter, and very little served up. Ostensibly, it's about civilized European/Yankee virtues vs. the social Darwinism of the Old West...and so the characterization of Gregory Peck's role as a "pacifist" misses the mark. Whatever. The more intriguing question for me, as a William Wyler fan, is why, at this stage in his career did he decide to go BIG, after some of the cleverest, best-written-and-acted "prestige" films of the 1940's? My guess is that it was a sudden case of DeMille-envy. But it's a shame that the man behind "Little Foxes", "These Three", and "Best Years of Our Lives" spent more time in the 50's coordinating the efforts of horses rather than actors. But even with one hand tied behind his back, he managed to make Carroll Baker palatable, and Jean Simmons radiant.

Nov 27, 2012

An entertaining Western from William Wyler with Peck as an unassuming, pacifistic transplant from the East coast, tangling with a smug Charlton Heston and an ornery (mustachioed!) Chuck Connors. Oscar winner Burl Ives and those overgrown eyebrows gives the standout performance.

Jan 08, 2011

Another Western movie that is worth seeing! a feast of social justice, fairness, love, gallantry, mancho, etc.


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Nov 27, 2012

Buck Hannassey: "You want me, Pa?" Rufus Hannassey: "Before you was born, I did."

Nov 27, 2012

Rufus Hannassey (examining McKay's dueling pistols): "These guns loaded?" James McKay: "All but the caps. They haven't been fired for a long time -- the vents will have to be cleared out. I'll do it for you, if you like." Rufus Hannassey: "Teach your grandmother to suck eggs! I've been handling guns like this, flintlock and caplock, since before you were born."

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