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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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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 (Riverboat Captain)
Henri Letondal ...
La Badie
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Poordevil
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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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Mighty drama of the adventure that battered down the barriers to the great Northwest! (original 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

Zeb Calloway: Keep you eyes open. If you see anything, shoot. Don't bother to aim because you probably couldn't hit nothing no how.
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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 »

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Referenced in Ghosts of Mars (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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

A young Kirk Douglas stands out in this historic recreation of early western river travel
2 July 2000 | by (Denver, CO.) – See all my reviews

This film is EXCELLENT and is filled with many vivid scenes of the Jackson Hole Valley country. Being shot along the Snake River and within easy sight of the Teton Mountain range it gives an amazingly accurate account of what early Keel Boat travel might have been like along the Missouri River and other Western tributaries. Kirk Douglas (Jim Deakins) is superb as he portrays one of three game hunters, along with Dewey Martin (Boone), and the comic backwoods relief of Arthur Hunicutt (Uncle Zeb). Mr. Hunicutt steals the show with his Southern drawl and folksy way cultivating a feeling for the viewer as being one of the "crew". The use of actual French actors & accents adds to the believable setting of the early 1800s environ and customs of the trappers and mountain men who blazed the trails into the West and survived through trade and co-operation with the Indian tribes who populated it. From using trees along the bank to catapult game down to the Keel boat, to the unforgettable scene where "medical" aid is rendered to Kirk.

Well worth your time and any children should be shown it as well because they'll remember it throughout their lives. I certainly have!


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