The Big Country

The Big Country

Director: William Wyler Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker

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In The Big Country Gregory Peck plays a seafaring man who heads west to marry Carroll Baker, the daughter of rancher Charles Bickford. Bickford is currently embroiled in a water-rights feud with covetous Burl Ives, so both he and his daughter are hoping that Peck can take care of himself. But Peck, who doesn't belief in fisticuffs, appears to be a coward, especially when challenged by Bickford's cocksure foreman Charlton Heston. The far-from-cowardly Peck decides to distance himself from the machismo overload at the Bickford spread, settling for a romance with headstrong schoolmarm Jean Simmons, whose water-rich lands are being fought over by the two warring ranchers. When Jean is kidnapped by Ives' no-good son Chuck Connors, Peck decides to take action.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2018
UPC: 0738329214692
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:46:00
Sales rank: 16,307

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck James McKay
Jean Simmons Julie Maragon
Carroll Baker Pat Terrill
Charlton Heston Steve Leech
Burl Ives Rufus Hannassey
Charles Bickford Maj. Henry Terrill
Alfonso Bedoya Ramon
Chuck Connors Buck Hannassey
Chuck Hayward Rafe
Buff Brady Dude
Jim Burk Cracker
Dorothy Adams Hannassey Woman
Chuck Roberson Terrill Cowboy
Bob Morgan Terrill Cowboy
Burt Mustin Actor
John R. McKee Terrill Cowboy

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director,Producer
Eddie Armand Costumes/Costume Designer
Sy Bartlett Screenwriter
Robert Belcher Editor
John D. Faure Editor
Jerome Moross Score Composer
Gregory Peck Producer
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Emile Santiago Costumes/Costume Designer
James R. Webb Screenwriter
Robert Wilder Screenwriter
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Big Country
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [20:16]
2. Chapter 2 [18:35]
3. Chapter 3 [24:07]
4. Chapter 4 [19:59]
5. Chapter 5 [6:43]
6. Chapter 6 [12:48]
7. Chapter 7 [16:33]
8. Chapter 8 [19:12]
9. Chapter 9 [28:27]
Disc #2 -- The Big Country - Special Features
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [8:43]
2. Chapter 2 [10:28]
3. Chapter 3 [9:49]
4. Chapter 4 [10:58]
5. Chapter 5 [18:03]
6. Chapter 6 [:01]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [22:44]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [12:24]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [11:03]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [12:42]
2. Chapter 2 [:01]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [5:13]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [2:45]

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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
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 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
'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).