The Big Sky
The Big Sky (1952)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 6, 1952
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Howard Hawks's loose-limbed 1952 Western ...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This is a rousing, good-time adventure tale with two Hawksian buddies making their way through the untamed wild.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

A saga as long as the day and as big as all outdoors.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is not one of Hawks' great films, but it's one of his most visually satisfying.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Devon Bott
Howard Hawks' "The Big Sky" could be seen as the spiritual successor to "Red River", which he made four years earlier. Both are… More
Red Lats
An old movie with cowboys and Indians. This movie is OK - at least it doesn't automatically paint all Injuns as evil. Interesting that most of the time… More
I?ve begun to have my reservations about the works of Howard Hawks, his work always just seems kind of silly to me, especially when compared to what John Ford… More