Theatrical release poster of The Big Country
Better known for his multi Academy Awards winning epic movie Ben Hur, William Wyler also directed one of the most memorable Westerns of all time. Despite its somehow dissuasive length, The Big Country has established itself as a classic along the years.
In William Wyler’s legendary 1958 film The Big Country, Gregory Peck plays James McKay, a sailor travelling to the West to join his fiancée Patricia Terrill (Carroll Becker) at her father’s ranch. He immediately finds himself in the middle of a conflict as the Tirrels and their enemy clan, the Hannasseys, are fighting over water rights. Julie Maragon (Jean Simmons), a schoolteacher whose big ranch (“The Big Muddy”) provides a large source of water that she shares with both clans, is also drawn into the conflict. McKay has a hard time fitting in because his…
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