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The Big Sky (1952)

Passed  -  Drama | Western  -  19 August 1952 (USA)
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The success of the journey focuses on keeping the Indian girl alive as well as themselves to complete trade with the Blackfeet.

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Cast

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Jim Deakins
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Boone Caudill
Elizabeth Threatt ...
Teal Eye
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Zeb Calloway
Buddy Baer ...
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Steven Geray ...
'Frenchy' Jourdonnais
Henri Letondal ...
La Badie
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Storyline

Jim Deakins is a frontiersman and Indian trader who is making a perilous journey with a group of other men up the Missouri River to get a large haul of furs from friendly Blackfoot Indians. The problem is that they have to get through hostile Indian territory first and they find that they have seriously underestimated the difficulties they will undergo. The large body of men who started the journey are gradually whittled down until only a hardy few, like Deakins, are left. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Theirs the great adventure... (original one-sheet poster) See more »

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Drama | Western

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Release Date:

19 August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' The Big Sky  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Montgomery Clift was offered the role of "Boone Caudill", but turned it down. It was eventually given to Dewey Martin. See more »

Goofs

Jim expresses amazement at the size of St. Louis. However, he had just come from Louisville, which in 1832 was about twice the size of St. Louis, so it should not have been a source of such astonishment. See more »

Quotes

[while Jim was unconscious, Zeb and Boone amputated Jim's mangled finger]
Jim Deakins: Who's got it?
Boone Cardell: Got what?
Jim Deakins: My finger! What's a man going to do without his finger?
Zeb Calloway: What do you want your finger for?
Jim Deakins: Zeb Calloway, didn't you tell me an injun can't go to heaven unless he's whole? Didn't ya?
Zeb Calloway: That's right, I did.
Boone Cardell: You sure did.
Jim Deakins: That's what I heard. It sounds right, too, don't it?
Zeb Calloway: Sounds right.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

The early history of America is a tale of great first times. There were men who were the first to cross new prairies and new mountains, the first to find gold, silver and copper; to plow new wheat fields and build new settlements.

This is the story of another of the great American firsts--the tale of the first men who took a keelboat up the wild and unexplored Missouri River--who poled, pulled and rowed their way from St. Louis through 2000 miles of hostile Indian country to the hills of Montana and opened a new land for the future - - The Great Northwest. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Brandy Leave Me Alone
(uncredited)
Written by Josef Marais
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User Reviews

Great adventure and script, with meticulous photography
14 May 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

The Big Sky is a classic screen gem, filmed in black & white in the style of Ansel Adams. A great print with delicious contrast that is an eye-feast for photography buffs. The script is rapid paced; be sure to train your ear to catch the snappy, fluent dialogue. Tender care is given to every character development, and many scenes that are so subtle are intended to breath real-life into the story. This is one of my all-time faves.


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