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* HorsingAround: Leech tries to prank [=McKay=] by having him ride Old Thunder, without telling him that he's an unruly horse. [=McKay=] catches on and refuses, but later attempts to ride him when no one but Ramon is around. Old Thunder bucks him off repeatedly for a long time, but through sheer determination [=McKay=] eventually tames him.


* SceneryPorn: Suprisingly [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]]. One would probably expect a movie called ''The Big Country'' would be a giant {{Western}} EpicMovie, and spend a ''lot'' of time showing off locations like Monument Valley or something, a la Creator/JohnFord. Alas, the opening titles aside, it shows off the land no more or less than most Westerns; the title's more an ironic invocation of the movie's ArcWords than anything else. This said, it's still a classic Hollywood western, and there are some pretty damn nice shots of the country throughout.

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* SceneryPorn: Suprisingly Surprisingly [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]]. One would probably expect a movie called ''The Big Country'' would be a giant {{Western}} EpicMovie, and spend a ''lot'' of time showing off locations like Monument Valley or something, a la Creator/JohnFord. Alas, the opening titles aside, it shows off the land no more or less than most Westerns; the title's more an ironic invocation of the movie's ArcWords than anything else. This said, it's still a classic Hollywood western, and there are some pretty damn nice shots of the country throughout.


** Also, [=McKay=] delivers one to Leech after the fight that Leech has been trying to provoke all movie ends with nothing more than both men exhausted, battered and roughly evenly matched:
-->'''[=McKay=]''': Tell me, Leech... what did we prove?



* SceneryPorn: Suprisingly [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]]. One would probably expect a movie called ''The Big Country'' would be a giant {{Western}} EpicMovie, and spend a ''lot'' of time showing off locations like Monument Valley or something, a la Creator/JohnFord. Alas, the opening titles aside, it shows off the land no more or less than most Westerns; the title's more an ironic invocation of the movie's ArcWords than anything else.

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* SceneryPorn: Suprisingly [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]]. One would probably expect a movie called ''The Big Country'' would be a giant {{Western}} EpicMovie, and spend a ''lot'' of time showing off locations like Monument Valley or something, a la Creator/JohnFord. Alas, the opening titles aside, it shows off the land no more or less than most Westerns; the title's more an ironic invocation of the movie's ArcWords than anything else. This said, it's still a classic Hollywood western, and there are some pretty damn nice shots of the country throughout.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Hannassey/Terrill feud is loosely based on the real-life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatfield%E2%80%93McCoy_feud Hatfield and McCoy feud]] which caused a lot of trouble in Kentucky and West Virginia in the 1880s, only transplanted to the Old West.


''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, CharlesBickford, and ChuckConnors. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Jerome Moross's outstanding musical score, while Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.

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''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, CharlesBickford, Creator/GregoryPeck, Creator/CharltonHeston, Creator/JeanSimmons, Creator/CarrollBaker, Creator/BurlIves, Creator/CharlesBickford, and ChuckConnors.Creator/ChuckConnors. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Jerome Moross's outstanding musical score, while Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.


* JerkAss: Buck [[spoiler:(although by the film's end, he's more of a JerkassWoobie)]] [[spoiler:and both Terrills.]]

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Buck [[spoiler:(although by the film's end, he's more of a JerkassWoobie)]] [[spoiler:and both Terrills.]]


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* PlayingGertrude: Aged 47 at the time of filming, Burl Ives was only 11 years older than Chuck Connors, who played his son.


* DaddysGirl: Patricia. Even her best friend Julie [[spoiler: trying to reunite her with her now-ex fiancee]] has to admit that she'll be much more tolerable when away from her father's influence.



* ForcefulKiss: Both the leading ladies run into this: Patricia from Steve, and Julie from Buck.
* GrewASpine: Steve Leech finally tells Terrill he won't continue with the underhanded and vicious things he's been doing.



* HugeGuyTinyGirl: All three of the mains to their love interests, but Buck towering head and shoulders over Julie (as he threatens to shoot [=McKay=]) adds another layer of danger.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: At the end of the movie, Leech won't do Terrill's dirty work any more--but he will ride with the man who raised him into the teeth of almost certain death...and Leech's men will ride with him as well.



* ThePatriarch: Hannassey as head of TheClan--and father of a rebellious, violent punk whose actions spark off part of the plot--more obviously than Terrill.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [=McKay=] calls out Hannassey for being just as unreasonable, vicious, and bloodthirsty as Terrill--while pretending to have the moral high ground.



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* ShowdownAtHighNoonShowdownAtHighNoon: [[spoiler: between Hannassey and Terrill, ending in a MutualKill--and ending the feud.]]


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* WouldHitAGirl: not that it surprises anyone, but Buck slaps Julie when she tries to stop him from shooting [=McKay=].


* TakeAThirdOption: Subverted. [[spoiler:[=McKay=] tries this; it dosen't work out for Hannassey and Terrill.]]

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* TakeAThirdOption: Subverted. [[spoiler:[=McKay=] tries this; it dosen't doesn't work out for Hannassey and Terrill.]]


''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, CharlesBickford, and ChuckConnors. The was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Jerome Moross's outstanding musical score, and Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.

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''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, CharlesBickford, and ChuckConnors. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Jerome Moross's outstanding musical score, and while Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.


''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, CharlesBickford, and ChuckConnors. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for its outstanding musical score, and Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.

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''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, CharlesBickford, and ChuckConnors. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for its Jerome Moross's outstanding musical score, and Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.


''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, CharlesBickford, and Chuck Connors. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for its outstanding musical score, and Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.

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''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, CharlesBickford, and Chuck Connors.ChuckConnors. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for its outstanding musical score, and Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.


''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, and CharlesBickford. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for its outstanding musical score, and Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.

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''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, CharlesBickford, and CharlesBickford.Chuck Connors. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for its outstanding musical score, and Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.



[=McKay=] refuses to be provoked into proving his manhood, having sworn off such behavior since his father died in a meaningless duel. He does nothing to stop Hannassey's trouble-making son, Buck, from harassing him, and he declines a challenge by Terrill's foreman, Steve Leech (Heston), to ride an unruly horse. Patricia, Terrill and Leech consider this to be cowardly in view of the region's lawlessness.

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[=McKay=] refuses to be provoked into proving his manhood, having sworn off such behavior since his father died in a meaningless duel. He does nothing to stop Hannassey's trouble-making son, Buck, Buck (Connors), from harassing him, and he declines a challenge by Terrill's foreman, Steve Leech (Heston), to ride an unruly horse. Patricia, Terrill and Leech consider this to be cowardly in view of the region's lawlessness.


Wealthy, newly retired sea captain James [=McKay=] (Peck) travels to the American West to join his fiancée, Patricia (Baker), at the enormous ranch owned by her father, Major Terrill. Terrill has been feuding with Rufus Hannassey (Ives), the patriarch of a poorer, less refined ranching clan. [=McKay=] gets caught up in the middle of the Terrill-Hannassey feud.

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Wealthy, newly retired sea captain James [=McKay=] (Peck) travels to the American West to join his fiancée, Patricia (Baker), at the enormous ranch owned by her father, Major Terrill.Terrill (Bickford). Terrill has been feuding with Rufus Hannassey (Ives), the patriarch of a poorer, less refined ranching clan. [=McKay=] gets caught up in the middle of the Terrill-Hannassey feud.


''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, and BurlIves. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for its outstanding musical score, and Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.

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''The Big Country'' is a 1958 American {{Western}} film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It stars GregoryPeck, CharltonHeston, JeanSimmons, CarrollBaker, BurlIves, and BurlIves.CharlesBickford. The film was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for its outstanding musical score, and Ives won the award for Best Supporting Actor.


* AttemptedRape: Of Julie by Buck Hannassey, until his father intervenes.



* DuelToTheDeath: Mr. Hannassey sets one of these up between Buck and [=McKay=].



* {{Foil}}: Mr. Hennessy and Major Terrill are this for each other. Hennessey is rough, crude and unkept, but has an iron-rigid code of honor that he abides by. Terrill is smooth and has the trappings and pretensions of a gentleman but is a lot more underhanded, devious and unethical.

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* {{Foil}}: Mr. Hennessy Hannassey and Major Terrill are this for each other. Hennessey is rough, crude and unkept, but has an iron-rigid code of honor that he abides by. Terrill is smooth and has the trappings and pretensions of a gentleman but is a lot more underhanded, devious and unethical.

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