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The Big Sky Reviews

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½ May 28, 2009
Eric Rohmer, who would one day become a great director himself, in a 1952 review of Hawks' "The Big Sky" declared, "If one does not love the films of Howard Hawks, one cannot love cinema".
½ May 3, 2009
They launch a deer out of a tree like a catapult. Awesome.
March 14, 2009
The Boys' Own action-adventure stuff - all done for real: the boat tipping over, a hunting party catapulting fresh meat from the hillside - is still stirring, though Hawks' real interest lies in the company the men keep, and the sparky banter they keep up, around the campfire. You could warm your hands on the democratic sentiments being expressed here: the arguments in favour of fair trade (and parity for the natives) receive an airing, the heroism and courage of these trailblazers is resolutely played down, catchphrases ("Sic 'em, Boone", "Well, I'll be dogged") rise up out of the flames, and even the amputation of Kirk's finger gets spun out into an amusingly boozy set-piece. Less significant, perhaps, than "Red River" or "Rio Bravo" - the supporting cast is solid, rather than outstanding - it remains most convivial entertainment, with a welcome shot of mythic poetry in the final moments.
½ January 10, 2009
the worst thing about this was the horrible transfer they showed on TCM. still, howard hawks does it again and kirk douglas delivers a fine peformance in tihs nice western. the indiians are horrificly not indian but i enjoyed the direction quite a bit
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½ December 28, 2008
An old movie with cowboys and Indians. This movie is OK - at least it doesn't automatically paint all Injuns as evil. Interesting that most of the time they walk the ship up the river. That certainly is not what they teach us about the river highways of Canada's fur trade.
December 9, 2008
one of my fave westerns
½ March 27, 2008
Big Sky, Big Movie! Great cast. Don't miss it!
½ March 13, 2008
A Western about Westerns (as all the good ones are) with a moving performance by Kirk Douglas. Dated, yes, but absolutely worth tracking down if you're a Hawks fan.
November 25, 2007
Expected a hell of a lot more from this film - certainly not one of Kirk Douglas's best films. Slow-paced and uninvolving with some of the worst 'Blackfoot Indians' ever portrayed on film - this film has ultimately been badly affected by the passing of time.
November 24, 2007
An interesting frontier drama but not one of Douglas' best, however there are not so many of these very early day westerns around so this does have value.
November 10, 2007
Pretty slow and not very emotionally involving. Interesting way of putting the period in perspective though.
October 12, 2007
oh whiskey leave me alone!
½ June 12, 2007
A very good movie. A good western.
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