The Big Country
Big they fought! Big they loved! Big their story!
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- Run Time: 2 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 5, 2018
- Originally Released: 2018
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
- Directed by William Wyler - 60 minute documentary
- Wyler Doc Outtakes w/Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston and Billy Wilder
- Interviews with Cecilia Peck, Carey Peck and Tony Peck
- Interview with Fraser C. Heston
- Interview with Catherine Wyler
- Fun in the Country Featurette
- Larry Cohen on Chuck Connors
- Two animated image galleries
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston & Burl Ives|
|Performer:||Chuck Connors, Charles Bickford, Jim Burk & Alfonso Bedoya|
|Directed by||William Wyler|
|Edited by||Robert Belcher & John Faure|
|Screenplay by||James R. Webb, Sy Bartlett & Robert Wilder|
|Composition by||Jerome Moross|
|Art Direction by||Frank Hotaling|
|Produced by||William Wyler & Gregory Peck|
|Director of Photography:||Franz Planer|
Academy Awards 1958 - Best Supporting Actor: Burl Ives
...Sprawling....Jerome Moross' musical score is widely regarded as one of the best ever...
Rating: B- -- Burl Ives won the Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a patriarch in William Wyler's sprawling, overlong Western, though the award also might have been given to him for similar part in Cat on Hot Tin Roof. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- Wide open-spaced mega western, full of stars, color, and a great Jerome Moross score.
Rating: B- -- Overblown western meant to debunk the western myth. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: B- -- As Charlton Heston explained ..., 'it's connected with the American ethos - America was made for Westerns.' Full Review
Old School Reviews
Rating: 3.5/4 -- An excellent Western. Jerome Morris' score is one of the all-time greats, standing in the company of Elmer Bernstein's The Magnificent Seven theme and Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western contributions as the genre's best. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Wyler showcases our own big country by demonstrating just how very small we are in comparison, the violent struggles of a few mere blips on the face of the sprawling landscape. Full Review
From the Front Row
Wyler's powerful Western covers a lot of territory with Gregory Peck a fish out of water as a sea captain who travels west to marry and settle, but finds himself in the middle of a bitter dispute over water rights and a jealous clash with the ranch foreman (Charlton Heston). He also discovers his fiancee isn't who he imagined and finds true romance with the local schoolmistress (Jean Simmons). Folk singer Burl Ives surprised audiences with his performance which garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Wyler's sprawling tale of the West, filled with feuds, vengeance and violent jealousy. In a dry, parched canyon located in the southwest, a rich rancher battles it out with a poor counterpart for water rights. Yet in fact, neither man has control of the precious liquid. It really belongs to Julie Maragon, and she generously allows them both to use it. But when a cultured Easterner arrives with plans to marry the wealthy rancher's daughter, his presence sparks a fresh round of anger and resentment.
- Shot in Technirama, a widescreen process.