Big Country

Directed By: William Wyler Starring: Gregory Peck Jean Simmons

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Product Overview

An ex-sea captain travels west to get married but instead gets involved in a land dispute.


Studio MGM
SKU 40148169
UPC 027616859013
UPC 14 00027616859013
Format DVD
Release Date 12/18/2001
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
USA Today "...Sprawling....Jerome Moross' musical score is widely regarded as one of the best ever..." 03/30/2001 p.4E
William Wyler
Gregory Peck
Jean Simmons
Cast & Crew
Burl Ives - Actor
Charlton Heston - Actor
Gregory Peck - Actor
Jean Simmons - Actor
Donald Hamilton - Based on Novel By
Emile Santiago, et al. - Costume Designer
William Wyler - Director
Franz Planer - Director of Photography
Robert Belcher - Editor
Jerome Moross - Musical Score
Gregory Peck, et al. - Producer
James R. Webb, et al. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1958
Catalog ID 1001591
UPC 00027616859013
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 167 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1959) Burl Ives, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Jerome Moross, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring Of A Dramatic Or Comedy Picture
British Academy Awards (1959) William Wyler, Nominee, Best Film From Any Source
Golden Globe (1959) Burl Ives, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
ReviewSource The Motion Picture Guide
Review Huge, sprawling western with just about everything; brilliant photography, superb music, an intelligent script, and excellent performances, including one from [Charlton] Heston that is one of the best of If you like westerns you'll love The Big Country. If you hate westerns, you'll still enjoy this picture because the story could have taken place in a board room, at sea, or anywhere else personalities clash...
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Peck,Gregory
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Variety A giant-sized motion picture, lusty, rousing and with great sweep!

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