The Big Country

"Very Good"

The Big Country Review


The Big Country is a Big Movie, long, majestic, and filled with Shakespearean overtones. This William Wyler western has never found classic status, but it's a worthwhile and very well-made production. Charlton Heston steals the show as the ranch foreman to a wealthy landowner feuding with his neighbors; Gregory Peck makes a minimal impression as a sea captain who arrives on the scene to marry the ranch owner's daughter -- only to get caught up in the squabble. Burl Ives (yes, Burl Ives) won an Oscar for playing the neighbor, Rufus. This one's been lost to time for the most part, but Wyler fans will eat it up.


The Big Country

Facts and Figures

Run time: 165 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 1st October 1958

Distributed by: MGM/UA

Production compaines: United Artists

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 10

IMDB: 7.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as James McKay, as Julie Maragon, as Patricia Terrill, as Steve Leech, as Rufus Hannassey, as Major Henry Terrill, as Ramón Guiteras, as Buck Hannassey, Chuck Hayward as Rafe Hannassey, Buff Brady as Dude Hannassey, Jim Burk as Blackie / Cracker Hannassey, Dorothy Adams as Hannassey Woman, Chuck Roberson as Terrill Cowboy, Bob Morgan as Terrill Cowboy, John McKee as Terrill Cowboy, Slim Talbot as Terrill Cowboy, as Hannassey Watchman (uncredited)

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