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The Big Country ()


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

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
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James McKay
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Julie Maragon
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Patricia Terrill
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Steve Leech
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Rufus Hannassey
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Maj. Henry Terrill
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Ramón Gutierrez
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Buck Hannassey
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Rafe Hannassey
Buff Brady ...
Dude Hannassey
Jim Burk ...
Blackie / Cracker Hannassey
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Hannassey Woman
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Terrill Cowboy
Bob Morgan ...
Terrill Cowboy
John McKee ...
Terrill Cowboy
Slim Talbot ...
Terrill Cowboy (as Jay Slim Talbot)
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Rudy Bowman ...
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Jay W. Jensen ...
Cowboy (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Liveryman (uncredited)
Carey Paul Peck ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Boy (uncredited)
Stephen Peck ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by

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William Wyler

Written by

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James R. Webb ... (screenplay) &
Sy Bartlett ... (screenplay) &
Robert Wilder ... (screenplay)
 
Jessamyn West ... (adaptation) &
Robert Wyler ... (adaptation)
 
Donald Hamilton ... (novel)

Produced by

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Gregory Peck ... producer
Robert Wyler ... associate producer
William Wyler ... producer

Music by

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Jerome Moross

Cinematography by

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Franz Planer ... director of photography (as Franz F. Planer)

Film Editing by

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Robert Belcher
John Faure

Editorial Department

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Robert Swink ... supervising editor
Hal Ashby ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Tony Friedman ... assistant editor (uncredited)
William Sands ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Dorothy Whitney

Art Direction by

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Frank Hotaling

Set Decoration by

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Edward G. Boyle

Costume Design by

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Emile Santiago
Yvonne Wood

Makeup Department

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Dan Greenway ... makeup artist
Harry Maret ... makeup artist (as Harry Maret Jr.)
Joan St. Oegger ... hair stylist
Gale McGarry ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Nick Volpe ... makeup sketches (uncredited)

Production Management

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Tom Andre ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ray Gosnell Jr. ... second assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Henry Hartman ... assistant director: second unit
Robert Swink ... director: second unit
Ivan Volkman ... assistant director
John Waters ... director: second unit
Robert Templeton ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Saul Bass ... poster designer (uncredited)
C. Randall Berkeley ... greensman (uncredited)
Patrick Delany ... second prop man (uncredited)
Charles Gay ... leadman (uncredited)
Arnold Pine ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Tom Plews ... prop master (uncredited)
Steven Pridgeon ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Harry Spurgan ... art checker (uncredited)
Hal Waller ... draughtsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Del Harris ... sound effects editor
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound recordist (as Roger Heman)
John K. Kean ... sound recordist (as John Kean)
Harry Alphin ... sound effects editor (uncredited) / sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Al Gonzales ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bill Babcock ... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady ... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
Martha Crawford ... stunt double: Carroll Baker (uncredited) / stunt double: Jean Simmons (uncredited)
Donna Hall ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
John McKee ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Talbot ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Wallace Chewning ... director of photography: second unit
Don Christie ... still photographer (uncredited)
Eddie Garvin ... camera operator (uncredited)
Dick Johnson ... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Livesley ... key grip (uncredited)
Fred Mandl ... camera operator (uncredited)
Harry Sundby ... gaffer (uncredited)
Sidney Zipser ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eddie Armand ... costumer
Neva Rames ... costumer
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Agnes Koschin ... fitter (uncredited) / wardrobe cutter (uncredited)
John Lucas ... second wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Carl P. Benoit ... location manager
Monty W. 'Red' Kennedy ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Lloyd Young ... music editor
Alexander Courage ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gil Grau ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jerome Moross ... conductor (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Chuck Hammond ... transportation gaffer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Saul Bass ... titles designed by
Sam Freedle ... script supervisor
Clarence Marks ... assistant: William Wyler
Robert Gary ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Kenneth Gilmore ... first aid (uncredited)
Harold Hourihan ... office accountant (uncredited)
Al Jank ... ramrod (uncredited)
Carey Leverette ... choreographer (uncredited)
Mel Marshall ... screen supervisor (uncredited)
Harry Mines ... unit publicist (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 land 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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Big they fought! Big they loved! Big their story! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les grands espaces (France)
  • Weites Land (Germany)
  • Horizontes de grandeza (Spain)
  • Büyük ülke (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Weites Land (West Germany)
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  • 166 min
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Did You Know?

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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 In the scene where Gregory Peck first visits Jean Simmons on the "Big Muddy" property and they gaze across the river, a long string of tall high voltage electrical towers can be seen arrayed against the most distant (California) hilltops. They are seen again in a later scene shot from a similar angle. The plot of "The Big Country" takes place in the 1800's. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Bass on Titles (1977). See more »
Quotes Patricia Terrill: But if he loved me, why would he let me think he was a coward?
Julie Maragon: If you love him, why would you think it? How many times does a man have to win you?
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