Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is spoiled, selfish and controlled by her wealthy father, Major Henry Terrill. The Major is involved in a ruthless civil war, over watering rights for cattle, with a rough hewn clan led by Rufus Hannassey. The land in question is owned by Julie Maragon and both Terrill and Hannassey want it.

  1. William Wyler


  2. Donald Hamilton


  3. Sy Bartlett


  4. James R. Webb


  5. Robert Wilder


Top Billed Cast

  1. Gregory Peck

    Gregory Peck

    James McKay

  2. Jean Simmons

    Jean Simmons

    Julie Maragon

  3. Carroll Baker

    Carroll Baker

    Patricia Terrill

  4. Charlton Heston

    Charlton Heston

    Steve Leech

  5. Burl Ives

    Burl Ives

    Rufus Hannassey

Full Cast & Crew

The Big Country
The Big Country



Status Released

Release Information

  • October 1, 1958


Original Language English

Runtime 2h 45m

Budget -

Revenue -



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