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The Big Country

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My dad is obsessed with this movie

    It takes a great movie to have a family tradition centered around it. Every now and then my dad will say, 'kids, it's been a while since we watched 'The Big Country'' so he will run out and rent it, and so the tradition begins. It ends right after the 'best movie intro in the world' when my dad falls asleep. Now if anyone should know how good The Big Country is it would be me. I have sat down and watched the three hour saga about thirty times. I know a good movie. Basically what happens is Peck strolls into town a pretty boy, who is smart. He meets his fiancee's parents. Everyone thinks he is a pansy, until his theory that violence isn't the answer proven at the end. It is proven with the dramatic death of his fiancee's father and his rival. With the death the rivalry is ended. The best part of this movie is a monologue where Mr. Bickford's rival strolls into Mr. Bickfords upity party and tells off Mr. Bickford. Another great part is where Mr. Bickford shoots his own son because he was about to cheat at a duel. Talk about an awesome twist. They don't make movies like this anymore.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    This is a great movie!

    What a pleasant surprise! A brilliant and unconventional story line!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Western in Every Sense

    I first saw this film as an eleven-year-old in a glamorous old-fashioned movie theatre. In the nearly 50 years since then, it has remained with me as an archetype of the classic Hollywood western: broad-shouldered, strutting, macho, violent, sentimental. Gregory Peck is perfect as the Eastern dude who is uncomfortable with the "code of the West", and Burl Ives' performance as a stern patriarch is Oscar-worthy, while Charlton Heston is ... well, Charlton Heston. Female leads Carroll Baker and Jean Simmons are contrasting frontier gals. The cinematography is magnificent, and everything is tied together by one of the greatest musical scores in any Western. From its soul-stirring opening sequence to rugged duels to a climactic shootout, The Big Country delivers a truly memorable motion picture experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Duel in the Sun Fun

    'The Big Country' may be a B movie overdressed as an A with a Hatfield/McCoy rehash for a plot, but it's directed by spectacle king William Wyler, has solid star power, and is blessed with a truly memorable performance by Burl Ives as ironbound patriarch Rufus Hannassey. Chuck Connors never had a better role than no-good son Buck Hannassey---his leers and sneers are so villainous we wait for the piano music. Look for Alphonse (steenking batches) Bedoya in a nice minor role as a ranch hand to the elitist Terrell family. The scene where Terrell foreman Steve (Heston) yanks on his pants before his fight with McKay (Peck) must have inspired many a leg burn and pratfall by adolescent imitators after the movie came out. Like 'Magnificent Seven', the theme song is classic Big Western (and was adapted perfectly by the band Yes in the 70s).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the big countryis the best

    the film explores what men and women are about. It does that with the backcloth of a 'nothing world' - but a clash of two worlds the old and the new. Never forget were Peck is supposed to come from. Most reviewers miss that. that completely.

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