The Big Sky Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Arthur Hunnicutt, Elizabeth Threatt

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Jim Deakins and Boone Caudill (main and secondary main character) meet and become friends. In search of adventure and money they join Boone's uncle Zeb, a fur trapper about to lead a French expedition to the regions of the upper Missouri. The head of the expedition has bought Teal Eye,a princess of the Black Fleet tribe, from captivity; using her as a token of friendship he hopes to make good money with the Black Feet and overthrow the monopoly of the fur trading company.
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They go up river, molested by the trading company's agents. Jim and Boone both fall in love with the Indian girl, yet Boone also displays some hatred against the Indians.

Several adventures later(Indian raid, ambush by company agents, kidnapping of Teal Eye, wounding of Deakins) they reach the Black Feet and are greeted. Jim and Boone even solve their rivalry for Teal Eye. Boone stays and marries her, Jim will return with next year's expedition.

The review of this Movie prepared by Volker van Haren

THE BIG SKY is a movie produced and directed by Howard Hawks in 1952. Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.

Saint Louis, 1832. Kirk Douglas, a frontierman, meets the young and wild Dewey Martin who is looking for his uncle. They find him in the local prison and decide to join him and Frenchy, a riverboat captain, in their project to journey up the Missouri river to the friendly Black Feet indians in order to trade furs. With a dozen courageous men and Teal Eye, a Black Feet princess who should be an asset in their expedition, they begin a 2000 miles journey. But the almighty Fur Trade Organisation would like to stop this project and tries to kidnap Teal Eye and then, having failed, persuades the Crows indians to attack the boat. Meanwhile, both Kirk Douglas and Dewey Martin, fall in love with Teal Eye who will choose one of them as her husband when they all finally arrive in Montana.

Strange western with more character development than pure action. A classic of the genre.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of The Big Sky

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   Good white men fighting wicked Indians    -   traveling across the west

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   cowboy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on    -   river Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation    -   cave

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Is this movie based on a    -   book

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