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The Big Country Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Jean Simmons, Charles Bickford, Burl Ives, Carroll Baker

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Big Country

This western is an exciting epic that holds you on the edge of your seat, right to its end! A William Wyler directed movie with a superb cast of characters, its story takes place on the beautiful expanse of the western "Big Country". Gregory Peck arrives on the scene from the Navy, in pursuit of his love, the daughter of the biggest ranch, and the biggest ego to go with it. He is unaware of the continual war taking place between her father and family rivals who continually battle out their use of the water for their livestock.
Peck's rival, a cowboy who was on the scene before him and who loves his woman, continues to make him prove his honor by insulting him. Events gradually heat up to the point where shoot-outs and bullets fly. Honor is not restored, until the end when Peck finally takes on the "big country" and a new love. Lots of cowboy shoot outs and excitement make this epic a western never to be forgotten!   
This report prepared by Beth Schnell



THE BIG COUNTRY is a 1958 movie directed by multiple awards winner William Wyler. Gregory Peck arrives from the east in order to marry the daughter of one of the biggest ranchers of "the big country". His civilized manners will soon hurt the feelings of the local cowboys who prefer to shoot than to argue.

An epic western in superb landscapes. A movie to rediscover.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Script Analysis of The Big Country

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   cattle rustling    -   hunting down outlaws

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier    -   not employed but independently wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Desert?    -   Yes Prairie?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch    -   lots of descript of animal care Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   not very bright people Misc setting    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   None If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   book

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