The Big Sky Overview:

The Big Sky (1952) was a Drama - Western Film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hawks and Edward Lasker.


Hawks adventure with a strong performance by Douglas as a Kentucky mountaineer who embarks on a keelboat expedition up the Missouri River in the 1830s. The perilous journey includes battles with hostile Indians and bands of outlaws - and romance with a Blackfoot princess. Pleasant frontier myth-making based on the novel by A.B. Guthrie, the poet of America's westward expansion.

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Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorArthur HunnicuttNominated
Best CinematographyRussell HarlanNominated

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Zeb Calloway: Blackfeet... proud injuns. They ain't gonna let no white man spy on their country. The only thing they are feared of is a white man's sickness.
Boone Cardell: What's that?
Zeb Calloway: Grabs. White men don't see nothing pretty unless they want to grab it. The more they grab, the more they want to grab. It's like a fever and they can't get cured. The only thing for them to do is to keep on grabbin' until everything belongs to white men and then start grabbin' from each other. I reckon injuns got no reason to love nothing white.

Jim Deakins: [Watching Boone play with the Indian scalp and annoyed with him for leaving Teal-Eye] Playing with that scalp again. Whatd'ya give him that fer? That were a fool thing to do.
Zeb Calloway: Worse than that, whole story were a lie.
Jim Deakins: What!
Zeb Calloway: His brother weren't killed by no injun atall, fell in the river and drowned.
Jim Deakins: Huh... He wouldn't believe that!
Zeb Calloway: Nobody would. I just talk too much.

Jim Deakins: Sure is big country. The only thing bigger is the sky.

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This is the only film Elizabeth Threatt was ever in.
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