The Big Sky
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The Big Sky is based on a popular novel by A.B. Guthrie. Kirk Douglas and Dewey Martin play a pair of Kentucky frontiersmen who embark upon the first keelboat trip up the Missouri River way back in 1830. Joining Douglas and Martin are Martin's grizzled old uncle Arthur Hunnicutt and garrulous Frenchman Steven Geray. Running afoul of various Indian tribes, Douglas nonetheless romances Sioux princess Elizabeth Threatt (their off-screen relationship was on the kinky side, as an embarrassed Douglas reveals in his autobiography). Director Howard Hawks leavens the Boys' Own Adventure… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Howard Hawks's loose-limbed 1952 Western ..."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"This is a rousing, good-time adventure tale with two Hawksian buddies making their way through the untamed wild."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A saga as long as the day and as big as all outdoors."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"This is not one of Hawks' great films, but it's one of his most visually satisfying."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Though this sublime 1952 black-and-white masterpiece by Howard Hawks is usually accorded a low place in the Hawks canon, it's a particular favorite of mine -- mysterious, beautiful, and even utopian."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
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