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  • What I thought made this movie so good was the acting ability of the cast and the chemistry of the way they worked together

    • by LP Jardine
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      “The Big Country” is a 1958 movies starring Gregory Peck as a Sailor who goes west to be with Pat Terrell his fiancee, Terrell’s father and the Hennessey’s are in the middle of a range war over water rights.

      Gregory Peck has a tendency to play characters of intense integrity.

      Peck’s character Jim Mckay tries to stop the violence. He


      is thought to be a coward, he really is not.

      Eventually he manages to buy the land with the river rights from Julie (well played by the wonderful Jean Simmons).

      Jim also ends his engagement with Pat when he falls in love with Julie.

      Jim Mckay must rescue Julie when Buck Hennessey, (played very well by Chuck Connors) kidnaps her.

      This rescue leads ...


      • to a duel between McKay and Buck. Buck is shot by his father Pa Hennessy, played by Burl Ives.

        Interestingly to me this movies two warring factions seems to have both good and bad characteristics. Mostly that they seemed to both be in the wrong and were tough in their own right because of the times.

        At the end of the movie

        Hennessy and Terrell have a shoot out where they both shoot each other.

        Another famous face is Charleton Heston who plays Steve Leach, the Terrell’s foreman.

        What I thought made this movie so good was the acting ability of the cast and the chemistry of the way they worked together.

        “The Big Country” is a well made western movie. I am a big time western fan




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