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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."
According to Gregory Peck, director William Wyler intended the film to be a left-wing allegory for the Cold War.
The film is credited with starting the trend for pacifist westerns.
Only film to feature Gregory Peck and his sons Jonathan Peck, Carey Paul Peck and Stephen Peck.
The character played by Charles Bickford was supposed to represent then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Aged 47 at the time of filming, Burl Ives was only 11 years older than Chuck Connors, who played his son.
Alfonso Bedoya's last film. A longtime alcoholic, he died before it was released.
Gregory Peck and the director William Wyler clashed repeatedly during filming. After Peck stormed off the set one day following a blazing row Wyler told the press, "I wouldn't direct Peck again for a million dollars and you can quote me on that."
Charlton Heston initially turned down the role of ranch foreman Steve Leech because he didn't think the part was big enough. His agent convinced him that it would be worth it just for the opportunity to work with Gregory Peck and William Wyler.
Gregory Peck (James McKay) and Charlton Heston (Steve Leech) both played the infamous Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele: Peck in The Boys from Brazil (1978) and Heston in Rua Alguem 5555: My Father (2003).
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Co-stars Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck both played men named Thorn in later films: Heston in Soylent Green (1973) , and Peck in The Omen (1976).
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Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston weren't really hitting each other during their fight scene.

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