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The Big Country (1958)

165 min - Drama, Western, Romance - 30 September 1958
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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.

Director:  William Wyler
Stars:  Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford, Alfonso Bedoya, Chuck Connors, Chuck Hayward, Buff Brady, Jim Burk, Dorothy Adams, Chuck Roberson, Bob Morgan, John McKee, Slim Talbot, Roddy McDowall, Richard Alexander, Harry Cheshire, Ralph Sanford, William Hoehne Jr., Donald Kerr

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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.



Tagline: Big they fought! Big they loved! Big their story!

Genres: Drama, Western, Romance

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English, Spanish
Release Date:  30 September 1958

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  United Artists

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 45 min

Academy Award Nominations

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Burl Ives {“Rufus Hannassey”}
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) — Jerome Moross


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