The Big Country Overview:

The Big Country (1958) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by William Wyler, Gregory Peck and Robert Wyler.

The film was based on the novel Ambush at Blanco Canyon and also Saturday Evening Post Serial written by Donald Hamilton published in 1958 (novel); Feb 1957 (magazine).

Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorBurl IvesWon
Best Music - ScoringJerome MorossNominated
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The Big Country 60th Anniversary Blu-Ray Giveaway (now-Aug 4)

By Annmarie Gatti on Jun 24, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

The Big Country 60th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-Ray Giveaway “Kino Lorber’s majestic Blu-ray presentation of The Big Country is nearly an essential presentation of William Wyler’s masterpiece, on a disc loaded with enough extras to satisfy casual and rabid collectors alike.&... Read full article


FAVORITE DIRECTOR BLOGATHON: William Wyler - Hell's Heroes (1929) and The Big Country (1958)

on May 26, 2017 From Caftan Woman

William Wyler (1902 - 1981) Phyllis Loves Classic Movies and The Midnite Drive-In are hosting The Favorite Director Blogathon running from May 26th to 29th. Click here or here for contributions. For me, William Wyler is a director who rarely puts a foot wrong. His dramas from These Three to D... Read full article


FAVORITE DIRECTOR BLOGATHON: William Wyler - Hell's Heroes (1929) and The Big Country (1958)

By Caftan Woman on May 26, 2017 From Caftan Woman

William Wyler (1902 - 1981) Phyllis Loves Classic Movies and The Midnite Drive-In are hosting The Favorite Director Blogathon running from May 26th to 29th. Click here or here for contributions. For me, William Wyler is a director who rarely puts a foot wrong. His dramas from These Three to D... Read full article


The Big Country (1958)

By Beatrice on Sep 12, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Big Country (1958) Directed by William Wyler Written by James R. Webb, Sy Bartlett, and Robert Wyler from a novel by Donald Hamilton 1958/USA United Artists/Anthony Productions/Worldwide Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental William Wyler directed in more genres than just about any direct... Read full article


James Webb's babies: Raton Pass (1951) and The Big Country (1958)

By Caftan Woman on Aug 20, 2015 From Caftan Woman

Screenwriter James R. Webb was twice awarded the Bronze Wrangler by the Western Heritage Awards, in 1964 for How the West Was Won (also Oscar nominated) and 1965 for Cheyenne Autumn. The Writer's Guild of America honoured him three times with the Valentine Davies Award in 1965, the Morgan Cox Award... Read full article


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Quotes from

Buck Hannassey: Remember, the Terrills ain't no friend of ours.
Julie Maragon: I'll choose my own friends.
Buck Hannassey: Oh, that won't do. You got to be on one side or the other. You can't have it both ways.


Patricia Terrill: [discussing McKay's "cowardice"] Don't you care what people think of you?
James McKay: I'm not responsible for what people think, Pat, only for what I am.


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


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Facts about

Alfonso Bedoya's last film. A longtime alcoholic, he died before it was released.
Gregory Peck and 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.".
The character played by Charles Bickford was supposed to represent then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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