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

Rufus Hannassey: Crawl, you act like a dog, crawl like one! Crawl I said, crawl!


[Leetch tries to impress Patricia by picking a fight with McKay]
James McKay: If it's a fight you want, you've picked the right time for it, haven't you?
Steve Leech: Yeah, I'm offering you a fight. Or ain't that a nice word back east?
James McKay: You're gambling, Leech. You're gambling that if we fight, you can beat me. And you're gambling that if you beat me, Ms. Terrill will admire you for it.
Steve Leech: Out here, we leave a lady's name out of an argument.


Rufus Hannassey: I'm a law-abiding man. That is, if there's any law to abide by.


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Facts about

Aged 47 at the time of filming, Burl Ives was only 11 years older than Chuck Connors, who played his son.
According to Gregory Peck, director William Wyler intended the film to be a left-wing allegory for the Cold War.
Gregory Peck and co-star Charlton Heston both played the infamous Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele: Peck in The Boys from Brazil, Heston in My Father, Rua Alguem 5555.
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