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Big Country

The Big Country

4.8 5
Director: William Wyler,

Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker


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This DVD of The Big Country will inevitably be a disappointment to anyone who saw the mid-1990's laserdisc release. The movie was one of a handful of classic westerns to get deluxe treatment on laser, including the presence of a narrative track on which Jerome Moross's epic score was discussed, interviews with Gregory Peck, Burl Ives, Charlton Heston, and Jean

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The Big Country 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Vito_minguy More than 1 year ago
What a pleasant surprise! A brilliant and unconventional story line!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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).