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  • #6752085
  • Manufacturer: MGM
  • UPC #883904243021
  • Model #M124302



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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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    Movie Level Themes
      Ranchers, Prospectors and Land Rights
    Movie Level Tones
      Passionate, Earthy, Sweeping, Atmospheric

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    • Fun in the country
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    • 1958--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Jerome Moross-Nominee
    • 1958--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Burl Ives-Winner
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      Burl Ives, better known for his singing, won an Oscar as a tyrannical land baron in this sweeping Western saga, a sprawling, nearly three-hour epic about two families feuding over water rights. It featured Gregory Peck opposite two love interests (Carroll Baker and Jean Simmons), and it had a major role for Charlton Heston as well. Even television's The Rifleman, Chuck Connors, was part of the cast. Staggering vistas and a grandiose story make this an emblematic Western, though its emotions are transparent. Some critics believed that it was an allegory about the Cold War. Veteran director William Wyler had survived the anti-Communist blacklisting of the McCarthy era and, a year later, would go on to direct Ben-Hur. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi


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