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The Big Country

4

Gregory's Western adventure...

William Wyler’s last Western was filmed on a grand scale, in widescreen and almost three hours long.

Gregory Peck’s the mild-mannered easterner, come west to marry a ranch-lord’s daughter and getting caught up in a feud between the would-be patrician rancher and his ruffianly neighbours.

Wyler’s use of the landscape is grandiose, satirising the attempts of westerners to match their surroundings with equally outsize gestures; an allegory of the Cold War isn’t hard to find.

Charlton Heston, Jean Simmons and Burl Ives head a rich supporting cast, and Jerome Moross contributes one of the all-time great movie scores.

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