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« on: February 16, 2005, 03:10:24 PM »


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Terrific western "THE BIG COUNTRY" gets a rare showing on ITV this Sunday afternoon. Will have volume up full blast to soak in that wonderful theme music.....oh, and that classic fist fight shot in long distance. Yup, jes' what Sunday's was made fer'!  Wink





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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2005, 06:49:01 PM »

It was just on here last Saturday too, on Turner Classic Movies, they've been showing oscar winners in the lead up to the Academy Awards, not a bad flic, Charlton Heston, Chuck Connors, Gergory Peck as the "sea captain dude", Jeam Simmons, Carrol Baker, and my fave Burl Ives.

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2005, 08:29:26 PM »

It was just on here last Saturday too, on Turner Classic Movies, they've been showing oscar winners in the lead up to the Academy Awards, not a bad flic, Charlton Heston, Chuck Connors, Gergory Peck as the "sea captain dude", Jeam Simmons, Carrol Baker, and my fave Burl Ives.
c/j. anyone. ever see a film starring burl Ives called
"wind accross the everglades" ? circa 1958. burl plays "cottenmouth", leader of a huge gang. great scene when the guy assigned to arrest cottenmouth winds up joining up with his gang.
nick ray directed.
burl might have made a good mr. morton.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052395/

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2005, 04:24:56 AM »

No don't remember the "Wing Across the Everglades" flic.

For a bunch of years I only associated Burl Ives with two rolls that of the voice of "Frosty" in "Frosty the Snowman", lol, and one of his greats the role of "Big Daddy" in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Yes he would have probably made a great Mr. Morton.

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2010, 07:49:30 AM »

TBC is the earlier and much softer version of FFOD (or a remake of ''Yojimbo'', if you like). Apart from being overlong, I can't say it's bad all the way. It was written and directed correctly, but without great thrills or drastic turnarounds. One of the initial scenes, with the drunk Hannassey bros. (on horses) harassing James McKay and Patricia Terrill (on a carriage), while in fast movement, is outstanding, but besides that no virtuosity here from William Wyler. The romance element is superfluous and not of my liking (the swoops of predictable music don't help it either). All the actors did a decent job, but Burl Ives is absolutely magnificent.

6/10

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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2010, 11:05:36 AM »

I'm not much of a fan of classic hollywood epic westerns (movies like Cimarron), so I avoided this for quite a while. Big mistake. I should have had more faith in Wyler. This movie is perfectly paced, one of the better paced epic classic hollywood movies I've seen. Everything works here for the most part. The score is solid. My only knocks are a few awkward edits and too much of reliance on long shots during action scenes. The fist fights were also a little too long. The romance(s) never detract from the movie and never causes the film to lose momentum.

I'm not big on ratings, but I'd definitely give this an 8.5-9.

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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2010, 01:26:16 PM »

The Big Country - 8/10 - William Wyler + Western = win. Yes, it's long and very talky by genre standards, but Wyler is the right director for that sort of material. And besides a pretty good story, there's a lot to keep one's interest: beautiful location shooting, excellent score, brilliant set-pieces (Heston and Peck's epic slugfest, the duel), and one hell of a cast - Heston and Peck have never been better, Burl Ives steals his every scene, Chuck Connors as a very nasty bad guy, Jean Simmons at her most luminous. The climax was a bit disappointing though.

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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2011, 04:25:36 PM »

just saw the movie on TCM, for the first time (TCM has been playing a bunch of Gregory Peck movies today).

 This is the best Western I have seen in a very long time. highly recommended. The landscapes are beautiful, as are the sets (the Terrill house is particularly gorgeous). The acting is terrific all around. And although I usually HATE the love interest stories in Westerns, it worked well in this movie, which had a very nice touch of cynicism about that aspect  Smiley

Just about everything I can ask for in a Western. The only parts I didn't like was the overtly long fistfight; and the fact that Peck has to "prove something to himself"; I thought that was a bit childish. Otherwise, this is a wonderful film.

9/10

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2011, 04:43:37 PM »

You forgot to mention the SCORE, probably one of the Best for an AW, on par with Mag Seven in that respect.

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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2011, 01:23:46 AM »

but I never saw the score  Wink

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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2011, 02:19:09 AM »

Well directed western with a strong story and with great acting, especially from Heston. Maybe a bit overblown. 8/10

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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2011, 02:52:09 AM »

but I never saw the score  Wink

sorry I didn't know you was deef  Cool

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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2011, 06:19:30 AM »

oh haha I was confused....   I thought you were talking about a movie title cuz you put the words in bold caps  Grin Grin Grin Grin

(actually, I have seen a film called The Score with Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando [in his final performance]; it is a terrific movie; but I knew you weren't referring to that one, cuz it's not a Western... I thought there must have been some other Western with that name  Wink)

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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2011, 12:06:13 PM »

As I understand it, this is currently a Walmart exclusive that becomes available everywhere on Nov. 1. But look at these screen caps. Doesn't the image look horizontally stretched?

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Big-Country-Blu-ray/21691/#Screenshots

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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2011, 02:51:20 PM »

Just that first closeup of Peck the rest look good.

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