The Big Country

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The Big Country ★★½ 1958 (R)

Exsea captain Peck heads west to marry fiance Baker and live on her father's (Bickford) ranch. Peck immediately clashes with ranch foreman Heston and finds out there's a vicious feud with neighbor Ives. Then Peck decides he and Baker aren't meant to be and he falls for schoolmarm Simmons instead. It's too long but if you like sprawling western sagas, this one has its moments. 168m/C VHS, DVD . Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Chuck Connors, Charles Bickford; D: William Wyler; W: Jessamyn West, Robert Wyler, James R. Webb, Sy Bartlett, Robert Wilder; C: Franz Planer; M: Jerome Moross. Oscars '58: Support. Actor (Ives); Golden Globes '59: Support. Actor (Ives).