The Big Country

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Wyler's powerful Western covers a lot of territory with Gregory Peck a fish out of water as a sea captain who travels west to marry and settle, but finds himself in the middle of a bitter dispute over water rights and a jealous clash with the ranch... read more
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Wyler's powerful Western covers a lot of territory with Gregory Peck a fish out of water as a sea captain who travels west to marry and settle, but finds himself in the middle of a bitter dispute over water rights and a jealous clash with the ranch foreman (Charlton Heston). He also discovers his fiancee isn't who he imagined and finds true romance with the local schoolmistress (Jean Simmons). Folk singer Burl Ives surprised audiences with his performance which garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Original Release

08/14/1958

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Cast

Burl Ives Rufus Hannassey
Carroll Baker Patricia Terrill
Charlton Heston Steve Leech
Gregory Peck James McKay
Jean Simmons Julie Maragon
Charles Bickford Maj. Henry Terrill
Alfonso Bedoya Ramón Gutierrez
Chuck Hayward Rafe Hannassey
Buff Brady Dude Hannassey
Jim Burk Cracker Hannassey
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

William Wyler, John Waters

Writers

Sy Bartlett, James R. Webb, Jessamyn West, Robert Wilder, Robert Wyler, Donald Hamilton

Cast

Burl Ives Rufus Hannassey
Carroll Baker Patricia Terrill
Charlton Heston Steve Leech
Gregory Peck James McKay
Jean Simmons Julie Maragon
Charles Bickford Maj. Henry Terrill
Alfonso Bedoya Ramón Gutierrez
Chuck Hayward Rafe Hannassey
Buff Brady Dude Hannassey
Jim Burk Cracker Hannassey
Dorothy Adams Hannassey Woman
Chuck Roberson Terrill Cowboy
Bob Morgan Terrill Cowboy
John McKee Terrill Cowboy
Slim Talbot Terrill Cowboy (as Jay Slim Talbot)
Roddy McDowall Hannassey Watchman (uncredited)
Richard Alexander Party Guest - Oceans (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire Party Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford Party Guest (uncredited)
William Hoehne Jr. Lefty Hannassey cowhand (uncredited)

Producers

Editors

Robert Belcher, John Faure

1959 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
1959 Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Nominated
1959 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor Won
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