MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 597 this week

The Big Country (1958)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  1 October 1958 (USA)
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 10,269 users  
Reviews: 142 user | 42 critic

A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Related News

Hal Needham obituary
| The Guardian - TV News
Hal Needham obituary
| The Guardian - Film News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 30 Sep 2010
 
a list of 25 titles
created 24 Aug 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 03 Jan 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 01 Feb 2014
 
a list of 45 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Big Country" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Big Country (1958)

The Big Country (1958) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Big Country.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell
The Bravados (1958)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jim Douglas has been relentlessly pursuing the four outlaws who murdered his wife, but finds them in jail about to be hanged. While he waits to witness their execution, they escape; and the... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd
The Westerner (1940)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinergaroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, and 2 more credits »
Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.

Directors: King Vidor, Otto Brower, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Southern lawyer uncovers the truth about a slain undertaker.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Anthony Zerbe, Roscoe Lee Browne
Yellow Sky (1948)
Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Pistol-packing tomboy, and grandfather come to discover band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark
Drama | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins
Carrie (1952)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's husband takes almost all of her pay for room and board. Then she injures a finger and ... See full summary »

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Miriam Hopkins
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Roistering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts from Russian Alaska, meets and woos Russian countess Marina in 1850 San Francisco. Events separate them, but after an exciting ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Blyth, Anthony Quinn
Hell's Heroes (1929)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When four men rob a bank, one is killed and the other three escape into the desert where they lose their horses in a storm. Finding a woman who gives birth, they are made godfathers only to... See full summary »

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Charles Bickford, Raymond Hatton, Fred Kohler
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Alfonso Bedoya ...
Ramón Guiteras
...
Buck Hannassey
Chuck Hayward ...
Rafe Hannassey
Buff Brady ...
Dude Hannassey
Jim Burk ...
Blackie / Cracker Hannassey
...
Hannassey Woman
Chuck Roberson ...
Terrill Cowboy
Bob Morgan ...
Terrill Cowboy
John McKee ...
Terrill Cowboy
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Big they fought! Big they loved! Big their story!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

1 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Da Terra Nascem os Homens  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the movie four consecutive showings at the White House and called it "simply the best film ever made. My number one favorite film." See more »

Goofs

Just before the duel between McKay and Buck Hannassy, Leech says to the Major that they haven't heard a single shot. Yet Rufus Hannassy shot at Buck to prevent him shooting an unarmed man not five minutes earlier. See more »

Quotes

Steve Leech: I don't know that I would wear that hat too long around here, Mr. McKay.
James McKay: Oh, why not?
Steve Leech: Oh, one of these wild cowboys might take it into their head to shoot it off ya.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Easily one of the most underrated movies of all-time.
28 January 2001 | by (Arlington, Texas) – See all my reviews

I've read all of the comments about Wyler's "The Big Country". I don't even remember the first time I saw this movie but I have never tired of watching it. William Wyler went to the vault and pulled out the often used theme, "the showdown on main street at high noon" genre that many directors had tired of and felt was the kiss of death to western movies of the day and he pulled it off in grand fashion. Why this movie has never received it's just due has mystified me for years. Maybe the late '50's became the time of the "brat pak" movie genre, ("Rebel Without A Cause"), but the performances in this movie are classic. Jean Simmons was absolutely intriguing. As a man watching this movie, I soon realized what Mr. Peck would begin to see in this woman as the movie progressed. Just that little glimpse from Ms. Simmons as she measured up the man she would soon fall in love with had more sexual power than most flicks today that try to thrive on the sexual theme to sell theatre tickets.

This is not just a western. It is pure greatness from William Wyler and a cast that added strength to the film. Burl Ives and Charles Bickford played their respective roles with the intenseness and professionalism of a classic Shakespearean play and Charlton Heston was perfect as the antagonist to Gregory Peck. This film has no weakness and has gotten better with time.


94 of 115 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How miscasting could have made THE BIG COUNTRY unviewable! ScopeWatcher
Who could play Clem Maragon? mike-osullivan3
Use of compass when out riding, Best_ID_I_can_think_of
Rufus holds Buck after he kills him sul-4
Awesome Theme Music rikitiki
What happens before the very end? jgepperson
Discuss The Big Country (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?