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The Big Country
Big they fought! Big they loved! Big their story!
Retired, wealthy sea Captain Jame McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is spoiled, selfish and controlled by her wealthy father, Major Henry Terrill. The Major is involved in a ruthless civil war, over watering rights for cattle, with a rough hewn clan led by Rufus Hannassey. The land in question is owned by Julie Maragon and both Terrill and Hannassey want it.
A nearly three-hour Western that's main point is that cowboys are pretty stupid. It's great.
On a visual level this movie has most every other licked. Director William Wyler absolutely kills it with the compositional blocking, maintaining a subtle yet rigid balance of characters in nearly every frame. There's a different style for ones, two, and threes, superbly balanced, shifting dynamics with ease. His wide shots are a wonder as well, pulling back so far on the landscape I swear I could see the curvature of the earth.
My one minor quibble is I wish the film had a little more subtlety and nuance to its story, which is basically a rehashing of the Hatfields and McCoys with Gregory Peck's…
The Big Country is one of the most gorgeous bits of cinema you will ever see. Certain shots made me all teary-eyed just because they were so beautiful. So maybe you can imagine my disappointment when I had to admit that its content failed to convince in a similar way. The big problem for me here is that the characters are so stereotypical. The cowboys are primitive, sweaty, drunk and rapey, and all they ever wanna do is start trouble and get into fights. And Gregory Peck is the total opposite of that, a goody-goody, a thinking man, the sophisticated type who's seen the world and refuses to fight when challenged. And afterwards he will explain us why. He's perfect,…
Mostly a Western only in setting as gun fights take a back seat to meaningful conversation. It's long and at times meandering, but I felt very involved in the story and was engrossed right through. I'm not a big Peck fan but he does his usual solid work here and is surrounded by an excellent supporting cast. Another great entry into the William Wyler filmography.
"There's a lot of space out here; it's a big country."
The Big Country is a fine example of a film that is as widescreen and vast as can be, yet manages not to get lost in the expanse of the grand nature of it all and focus on the characters that inhabit this world. Whether it's the stunning vista's - captured brilliantly by Franz Planer, the bluest of the blue skies, the many extras seen on screen or the sweeping, memorable score by Jerome Moross, The Big Country is a big film, but the characters, their rivalries, their grudges, their moral integrities are all given a chance to shine, in particular the rivalry between the Terril's and the Hannassey's.…
leftist melodrama + Cold War allegory + Burl Ives
Always bet on William Wyler.
Lo que hace al western ser western.
Absolutely stunning. The vistas in this movie are breathtaking. Gregory Peck and Jean Simmons are both super-watchable. And the plot, which is a little stereotype-y at times, seemed to be talking about today because into a messed up world in which hot-heads are easily offended and external validation is the measure of one's worth comes a man who cares more about doing the right and reasonable thing than what other people think of him. If only someone like that would ride into the 2016 Presidential race (Bernie Sanders?)
Seriously, if you like Westerns, this is a must.
Well structured, quality performances. Great scenic vistas.
"All I can say, McKay, is you take a helluva long time to say good-bye."
The best written, shot, and acted western you've never seen. The Big Country is a story of two feuding families in a lawless town, and the strange sailor who, with even stranger ideas, endeavors to bring peace. This film really does deserve a spot at the table in discussions about the greatest westerns of all time.
A magnificent western beautifully filmed and directed. Almost every shot is perfectly framed with the vastness of the land overshadowing the petty fights among men. Mostly good performances (even from Heston) especially the award winning turn from Burl Ives. Would have given the film five stars if the script had been a little less predictable with fewer stereotypical characters. Also, Carol Baker was wooden.
Like the title says, this film shows a big, big country, way out West. A huge, sprawling epic Western film, that despite its 165 minute running time, has nary a dull moment. Starting with the classic Jerome Moross score as a stagecoach races across the land, the pace is set for the grand cinema to come.
Gregory Peck is a former sea captain who has come from the East to marry his intended (Carroll Baker), and because of his fancy clothes, is instantly branded as a "dude" by the bullying Chuck Connors. Connors is the son of Burl Ives, who lives on a spread at the end of a winding canyon. Baker's father (Charles Bickford) lives miles and miles away…
A great Western from William Wyler. Gregory Peck and Jean Simmons give great performances but it's (justified) Oscar-winner Burl Ives who steals the show.
Introducing Le Boyfriend to classic movies continues with this favorite.
He was dead sure that Gregory Peck was Wolverine (AKA Hugh Jackman) for the first half, which was a little amusing.
A beautiful, magnificent western that is distinguished by its switch up of love interests and the perfect performance by Burl Ives. A few technical flaws stand out not only because of the greatness of the rest of the film but because it's so uncharacteristic of a master like William Wyler.
Great performances by Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck round out the ensemble, and aside from some choppy shots I mentioned, the film is a breathtaking assembly of landscapes-- and not the kind where nothing seems to be happening. A large landscape shot is used to stage a fight sequence in the same fashion as Kurosawa's Rashomon, showing the men in a diminished scale to remove honor from the fight and…
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