The Big Country Reviews

  • May 14, 2019

    The best Western there is. Gregory peck is brilliant

    The best Western there is. Gregory peck is brilliant

  • Mar 16, 2019

    The 'happy ending' is a bit sudden, considering the dark showdown literally seconds before it. Also Patricia is just an ungrateful tsundere; which makes her later scenes the low point of the film. Otherwise; I highly recommend this film. It does maintain a relatively lighter tone compared to other westerns while still keeping that actual kill-or-be-killed drama expected in westerns. No doubt, the best actors are Burl Ives and the horse who played Old Thunder.

    The 'happy ending' is a bit sudden, considering the dark showdown literally seconds before it. Also Patricia is just an ungrateful tsundere; which makes her later scenes the low point of the film. Otherwise; I highly recommend this film. It does maintain a relatively lighter tone compared to other westerns while still keeping that actual kill-or-be-killed drama expected in westerns. No doubt, the best actors are Burl Ives and the horse who played Old Thunder.

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Mar 10, 2019

    William Wyler's tricky Western about what happens when a big city (and perhaps college educated?) sophisticate (Gregory Peck) ventures into a volatile rural small town milieu, tricky because the "small town" is, in fact, the titular Big Country. "Ever seen country this big," one rube boasts. "Yes, I have," he replies before abruptly leaving the confused questioner. Interestingly, this is a two hour reply to the popular, pithy "book smart" insult. The reply is cleverly woven into several situations: a water rights dispute, a love affair power struggle, and a couple of father/son difficulties. The actors, the music, the cinematography are all good even if the story, and its point, are overlong. Worthy.

    William Wyler's tricky Western about what happens when a big city (and perhaps college educated?) sophisticate (Gregory Peck) ventures into a volatile rural small town milieu, tricky because the "small town" is, in fact, the titular Big Country. "Ever seen country this big," one rube boasts. "Yes, I have," he replies before abruptly leaving the confused questioner. Interestingly, this is a two hour reply to the popular, pithy "book smart" insult. The reply is cleverly woven into several situations: a water rights dispute, a love affair power struggle, and a couple of father/son difficulties. The actors, the music, the cinematography are all good even if the story, and its point, are overlong. Worthy.

  • Feb 20, 2019

    Big-scale epic Western with great scenic cinematography and some memorable performances and scenes, although the proto-pacifist message is quite dated by now.

    Big-scale epic Western with great scenic cinematography and some memorable performances and scenes, although the proto-pacifist message is quite dated by now.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    This is what great story telling looks like!!!!!!!!!!

    This is what great story telling looks like!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan 27, 2019

    The best inspiring Western movie ever made! With the best movie score ever composed!

    The best inspiring Western movie ever made! With the best movie score ever composed!

  • Jan 03, 2019

    A lesser-known Peck movie by the average moviegoer this film was done in technirama which allowed for about twice as much to be captured on screen, giving you a quintessential representation of pastoral America. It is an epic tale which clashes cultures and elitism but teaches the importance of nobility regardless of class. Big Country also has a masterful score and sensational showings from Charlton Heston, Jean Simmons, Burl Ives, and Gregory Peck.

    A lesser-known Peck movie by the average moviegoer this film was done in technirama which allowed for about twice as much to be captured on screen, giving you a quintessential representation of pastoral America. It is an epic tale which clashes cultures and elitism but teaches the importance of nobility regardless of class. Big Country also has a masterful score and sensational showings from Charlton Heston, Jean Simmons, Burl Ives, and Gregory Peck.

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    Alec B Super Reviewer
    Dec 06, 2018

    Neither cynical nor naive, the movie functions as an interesting repudiation of violence and the mid-20th Century masculine archetype.

    Neither cynical nor naive, the movie functions as an interesting repudiation of violence and the mid-20th Century masculine archetype.

  • Nov 22, 2018

    Great cast, great script, great scenery, great soundtrack.

    Great cast, great script, great scenery, great soundtrack.

  • Dec 29, 2017

    Along with To Kill A Mockingbird is this Peck's best film performance? I don't think any other actor could have played this part so well. Peck's inherent integrity is key to the film. The slow dawning on Heston that "the major's" (Bickford)) way is not the way to be followed is a key element to the unfolding of the story. The music is so memorable and complex and the cinematography - beyond describing in words. Showing the fight between Peck and Heston as two small figures in a panoramic view of the "Big Country" is a masterstroke. There is a subtler (but no less real) conflict between the two female leads: Simmons and Baker. Towards the end, I like the shot of Burl Ives' wife with rifle in hand as part of the ambush party. Ives fills the screen in all ways and his speech at the Terrills' engagement party is a tour de force. Given their different political views one wonders how much Peck and Heston related to each other after the film.

    Along with To Kill A Mockingbird is this Peck's best film performance? I don't think any other actor could have played this part so well. Peck's inherent integrity is key to the film. The slow dawning on Heston that "the major's" (Bickford)) way is not the way to be followed is a key element to the unfolding of the story. The music is so memorable and complex and the cinematography - beyond describing in words. Showing the fight between Peck and Heston as two small figures in a panoramic view of the "Big Country" is a masterstroke. There is a subtler (but no less real) conflict between the two female leads: Simmons and Baker. Towards the end, I like the shot of Burl Ives' wife with rifle in hand as part of the ambush party. Ives fills the screen in all ways and his speech at the Terrills' engagement party is a tour de force. Given their different political views one wonders how much Peck and Heston related to each other after the film.