The Big Country (1958)

The Big Country (1958) Movie

The Big Country

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(USA) - 1 October 1958
(Denmark) - 9 March 1959
(Sweden) - 18 March 1959
(West Germany) - 26 March 1959
(Finland) - 27 March 1959

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

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Cast of The Big Country

  1. Alexander, Richard (I) as (uncredited) [Party Guest - Oceans]
  2. Bedoya, Alfonso as [Ramón Guiteras] <7>
  3. Bickford, Charles as [Maj. Henry Terrill] <6>
  4. Brady, Buff as [Dude Hannassey] <10>
  5. Burk, Jim as [Blackie/Cracker Hannassey] <11>
  6. Cheshire, Harry as (uncredited) [Party Guest]
  7. Connors, Chuck (I) as [Buck Hannassey] <8>
  8. Hayward, Chuck (I) as [Rafe Hannassey] <9>
  9. Heston, Charlton as [Steve Leech] <4>
  10. Ives, Burl as [Rufus Hannassey] <5>
  11. Jensen, Jay W. as (uncredited) [Cowboy]
  12. Kerr, Donald (I) as (uncredited) [Liveryman]
  13. McDowall, Roddy as (uncredited) [Hannassey Watchman]
  14. McKee, John (II) as [Terrill Cowboy] <15>
  15. Morgan, Bob (I) as [Terrill Cowboy] <14>
  16. Peck, Carey Paul as (uncredited) [Boy]
  17. Peck, Gregory as [James McKay] <1>
  18. Peck, Jonathan (IV) as (uncredited) [Boy]
  19. Peck, Stephen (I) as (uncredited) [Boy]
  20. Roberson, Chuck as [Terrill Cowboy] <13>
  21. Sanford, Ralph (I) as (uncredited) [Party Guest]
  22. Talbot, Slim as (as Jay Slim Talbot) [Terrill Cowboy] <16>
  23. Adams, Dorothy (I) as [Hannassey Woman] <12>
  24. Baker, Carroll (I) as [Patricia Terrill] <3>
  25. Simmons, Jean (I) as [Julie Maragon] <2>

  26. All Cast

Genres in The Big Country

  1. Drama
  2. Romance
  3. Western

Plot of The Big Country

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 Full Plot >>

Business of The Big Country


Certificate of The Big Country

Approved (USA)(PCA #18972)
PG (Canada)(Ontario)
PG (Australia)
Not Rated (USA)(DVD)
16 (Norway)
Unrated (USA)
K-16 (Finland)
15 (Sweden)
12 (West Germany)

Composers of music of The Big Country

  1. Moross, Jerome

Cinematographers of The Big Country

  1. Planer, Franz (as Franz F. Planer)

Costume Designers of The Big Country

  1. Santiago, Emile
  2. Wood, Yvonne (I)

Distributors of The Big Country

American Broadcasting Company (ABC) [us] - (1962) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
Chapel Distribution [au] - (1997) (Australia) (theatrical)
ClassicLine [br] - (2004) (Brazil) (DVD)
Continental Home Vídeo [br] - (2006) (Brazil) (DVD)
Image Entertainment [us] - (1995) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)
MGM Home Entertainment [de] - (2005) (Germany) (DVD)
MGM Home Entertainment [us] - (2007) (USA) (DVD)
MGM/UA Home Entertainment [us] - (1997) (USA) (VHS) (pan/scan)
MGM/UA Home Entertainment [us] - (2001) (USA) (DVD) (widescreen)
MGM/UA Home Entertainment [us] - (2001) (USA) (VHS) (widescreen)
MGM/UA Home Entertainment [us] - (2002) (USA) (DVD)
Tocantins [br] - (????) (Brazil) (VHS)
United Artists [de] - (1959) (West Germany) (theatrical)
United Artists [us] - (1958) (USA) (theatrical)

Editors of The Big Country

  1. Belcher, Robert (I)
  2. Faure, John (I)

Misc of The Big Country

  1. Bass, Saul (title designer)
  2. Benoit, Carl P. (location manager)
  3. Freedle, Sam (script supervisor)
  4. Gary, Robert (I) (script supervisor) (uncredited)
  5. Gilmore, Kenneth (first aid) (uncredited)
  6. Hourihan, Harold (office accountant) (uncredited)
  7. Jank, Al (ramrod) (uncredited)
  8. Kennedy, Monty W. 'Red' (location auditor) (uncredited)
  9. Leverette, Carey (choreographer) (uncredited)
  10. Marks, Clarence (assistant: William Wyler)
  11. Mines, Harry (unit publicist) (uncredited)

Quotes of The Big Country

Buck Hannassey: You want me, Pa?
Rufus Hannassey: Before you was born I did.

Rufus Hannassey: If you ain't the mother and father of all liars!

Steve Leech: All I can say, McKay, is you take a helluva long time to say good-bye.

James McKay: I was just about finished if it's okay with you.

Major Henry Terrill: What do you want Hannassey?
Rufus Hannassey: Just payin' back the call that you and your men did to my boys this mornin'... sorry I wasn't there to give you the proper welcome. I got me something to say that's about thirty years overdue. This is a mighty fine house, Major Terrill, a gentleman's house. Those are mighty fine clothes your wearin'. Well, maybe you got some of these folks fooled, but you ain't got me fooled, not by a damn sight! The Hannassey's know and admire a real gentleman when they seen one, and they recgonize the smell of a high tone skunk when they smell one. Now, I'm not here tonight complaining about twenty-three of your brave men, beating three of my boys until they couldn't stand. Maybe they had it coming anyway - they're full grown and can take their lickin's. I'm also not here complaining that you're trying to buy the Big Muddy, to keep my Full Quotes >>

Other Titles of The Big Country

  1. Il grande paese (1958) (ENG)

  2. Weites Land (1959) (ENG)

  3. Weites Land (1959) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

Shooting/Filming Locations of The Big Country

  1. Ione, California, USA
  2. California, USA - (exteriors)
  3. Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle, Arizona, USA
  4. Farmington, California, USA
  5. Marysville, California, USA
  6. Mojave Desert, California, USA
  7. Red Rock Canyon State Park - Highway 14, Cantil, California, USA
  8. Stockton, California, USA

Trivia of The Big Country

- The character played by 'Charles Bickford' (qv) was supposed to represent then US President 'Dwight D. Eisenhower' (qv).

- According to 'Gregory Peck' (qv), director 'William Wyler' (qv) intended the film to be a left-wing allegory for the Cold War.

- Aged 47 at the time of filming, 'Burl Ives' (qv) was only 11 years older than 'Chuck Connors (I)' (qv), who played his son.

- The film is credited with starting the trend for pacifist westerns.

- 'Charlton Heston' (qv) 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' (qv) and 'William Wyler' (qv).

- 'Gregory Peck' (qv) and director 'William Wyler' (qv) 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.".

- 'Alfonso Bedoya' (qv)'s last film. A longtime alcoholic, he died before it was released.

- 'Gregory Peck' (qv) and co-star 'Charlton Heston' (qv) both played the infamous Nazi war criminal Dr. 'Josef Full Trivia >>