The Big Country

The Big Country (1958)

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Patricia Terrill: But if he loved me, why would he let me think he was a coward?
Julie Maragon: If you love him, why would you think it? How many times does a man have to win you?

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Buck Hannassey: You want me, Pa?
Rufus Hannassey: Before you was born I did.

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Major Terrill: There's no prettier sight in the world than 10,000 head of cattle... unless it's 50,000.

Rufus Hannassey: The Hannasseys will have no peace until the bones of Henry Terrill is bleaching in Blanco Canyon. Now he started this blood-spilling, and I aim to finish it.

Rufus Hannassey: Crawl, you act like a dog, crawl like one! Crawl I said, crawl.

Steve Leech: All I can say, McKay, is you take a helluva long time to say good-bye.

Buck Hannassey: Remember, the Terrills ain't no friend of ours.
Julie Maragon: I'll choose my own friends.
Buck Hannassey: Oh, that won't do. You got to be on one side or the other. You can't have it both ways.

Rufus Hannassey: He's going to be the most surprised dead man you ever saw.

Patricia Terrill: Well, even when you rode Old Thunder, everybody knew it. Ramon knew it. Julie knew it. But me? Not a word. Why? You know how much it meant to me... with everybody laughing at me. And don't tell me they weren't. But you wouldn't do it for me. Why not? Why not for me?
James McKay: There's some things a man has to prove to himself alone... not to anyone else.
Patricia Terrill: Not even to the woman he loves.
James McKay: Least of all her... if she loves him.

Rufus Hannassey: Why ain't you dead? You let 'em run my cows off and you come back standing up.
Buck Hannassey: What could we do, Pa? There was twenty of them... just a few of us.
Rufus Hannassey: Them cows is worth more than the whole lot of ya.

Julie Maragon: Any ranch that you can see on foot just isn't worth looking at.

Major Henry Terrill: This is the west, Jim, a man is still expected to defend himself. If he allows people to think he won't, he's in trouble. Bad trouble.

James McKay: I'm not going to go on living in the middle of a civil war.

Major Henry Terrill: If there's anything I admire more than a dedicated friend, it is a dedicated enemy.

Steve Leech: You know, McKay, you're a bigger fool than I thought you were. And to tell you the truth, that just didn't seem possible.

Rufus Hannassey: Treat her right. Take a bath sometime.

Continuity mistake: When Jim tries to ride "old Thunder" he bucks off and brushes all the straw out of his hair. Seconds later it is back.

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Trivia: Burl Ives plays Rufus Hannassey, the father of Buck Hannassey (Chuck Connors). In real life, Ives was only 11 years older than Connors.

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