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The Big Country (1958)




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In The Big Country Gregory Peck plays a seafaring man who heads west to marry Carroll Baker, the daughter of rancher Charles Bickford. Bickford is currently embroiled in a water-rights feud with covetous Burl Ives, so both he and his daughter are hoping that Peck can take care of himself. But Peck, who doesn't belief in fisticuffs, appears to be a coward, especially when challenged by Bickford's cocksure foreman Charlton Heston. The far-from-cowardly Peck decides to distance himself from the machismo overload at the Bickford spread, settling for a romance with headstrong schoolmarm Jean Simmons, whose water-rich lands are being fought over by the two warring ranchers. When Jean is kidnapped by Ives' no-good son Chuck Connors, Peck decides to take action. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Wyler, Sy Bartlett, James R. Webb, Robert Wilder, Robert Wyler
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On DVD: Mar 20, 2001

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Gregory Peck
as James McKay
Jean Simmons
as Julie Maragon
Carroll Baker
as Patricia Terrill
Charlton Heston
as Steve Leech
Burl Ives
as Rufus Hannassey
Charles Bickford
as Maj. Henry Terrill
Chuck Connors
as Buck Hannassey
Jim Burk
as Cracker
Dorothy Adams
as Hannassey Woman
Chuck Roberson
as Terrill Cowboy
Bob Morgan
as Terrill Cowboy
John McKee
as Terrill Cowboy
John R. McKee
as Terrill Cowboy
Jay Slim Talbot
as Terrill Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for The Big Country

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Burl Ives won the Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a patriarch in William Wyler's sprawling, overlong Western, though the award also might have been given to him for similar part in Cat on Hot Tin Roof.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012

Overblown western meant to debunk the western myth.

Full Review… | May 12, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wide open-spaced mega western, full of stars, color, and a great Jerome Moross score.

February 17, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Big Country


It's a big movie. Don't get lost.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Excellent Movie, Charlton Heston arrives in a western town looking like a typical gentlemen from the east, he has to prove himself not only to local cow hands but also to the father of his future bride. Story has many turns and twist. Interesting to see Burl Ives and Chuck Connors in this movie. A Classic that should be of value in any collection. 5 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Intelligent and handsome western with a strong cast, but many will find it a bit too long on talk and a little too short on action; especially considering it's 3 hour length.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The Big Country Quotes

Pat Terrill: Hello, throw something off a chair and sit down. Would you like to try a cigarette?
Julie Maragon: Where'd you get those?
Pat Terrill: In the east. Don't look so shocked. I saw a woman smoking one. Very elegant. Oh well, I don't care about anything anyway.
– Submitted by Christopher B (3 years ago)
James McKay: Now tell me Leech, what did we prove?
– Submitted by Christopher B (3 years ago)
Steve Leech: All I can say, McKay, is you take a hell of a long time to say goodbye.
– Submitted by Christopher B (3 years ago)
Maj. Henry Terrill: What makes you think he wont?
Pat Terrill: Well, speak up.
Ramon: He say, not worry. He says he coming back. And by the way, you know, he's got a funny watch!
– Submitted by Christopher B (3 years ago)

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