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The Big Sky (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 8 December 1952 (UK)
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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(screenplay), (novel)
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Airs Tue. May. 30, 3:00 PM on TCM

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Boone Caudill
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Teal Eye
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Zeb Calloway
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Romaine
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'Frenchy' Jourdonnais
Henri Letondal ...
La Badie
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Poordevil
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Streak
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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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The stirring tales of the pioneers who blazed America's trails were told in "The Covered Wagon"..."Cimarron"...and "Red River"...(re-release poster) See more »

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Drama | Western

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Release Date:

8 December 1952 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' The Big Sky  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

As Jim and Boone approach St. Louis, Zeb, narrating, says they saw the town across the Missouri River. St. Louis is on the Mississippi River, and Jim and Boone, coming from Kentucky, would have seen it directly from the east side of that river. See more »

Quotes

Boone Cardell: Why did she want to grab this?
Zeb Calloway: That's a Blackfoot scalp you got, and she knows it. Ain't you ever thought of why an injun takes a scalp?
Jim Deakins: Why?
Zeb Calloway: To shame an enemy. The way she figures it, there's a Blackfoot brave somewhere who can't show his face to the hereafter until that thing is buried under the ground.
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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 Pour la peau d'un flic (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Brandy Leave Me Alone
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Written by Josef Marais
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Whoa!!!!!!
29 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Hey, it's a Howard Hawks' movie. Simply it can´t be bad. If you put in a film one of the best directors ever, some of the better actors of all time, plus a marvelous screenplay like this, you only can get an astonishing movie. Seriously, one of the many masterpieces that western genre gave us in the golden years of Hollywood. This is cinema, real cinema; it has the feeling that only classics can own. Special mention to Hawks' direction and Douglas' performance.

Also photography hits the jackpot. If you like cinema you should love western and if you like western you'll love this movie. An experience that only classic films can give you.


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