The Big Sky

Film, Action and adventure
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While not up to the standard of Hawks' best Westerns (Red River, Rio Bravo), still an evergreen delight. Douglas and Martin are the two Kentuckians who join a pioneering trading expedition up the Missouri River to buy furs from the Blackfoot Indians. Problems are many, what with the dangers of the landscape and the hostility of certain Indians. But Hawks is less concerned with the adventurous aspect of the odyssey than with the relationship between the two men, who slowly discover a deep mutual respect, only to have it threatened by their both loving the same woman (an Indian they capture as a hostage against trouble). Episodic, rambling and very amiable, with a nice line in black humour (most evident in the marvellous sequence where Douglas has his finger amputated, only to lose it in the undergrowth). First shown in a 140-minute version.

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Duration: 122 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Howard Hawks
Screenwriter: Dudley Nichols
Cast: Kirk Douglas
Dewey Martin
Steve Geray
Elizabeth Threatt
Arthur Hunnicutt
Buddy Baer
Michael Douglas

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