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      It's a Big Country

      1951 1h 29m Drama List
      Reviews 25% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings This collection of eight independent vignettes presents a cross-section of America, circa 1951. Elderly Mrs. Riordan (Ethel Barrymore) is crestfallen when she learns that she was not counted in the census. Stefan (S.Z. Sakall), a Hungarian immigrant with a grudge against Greeks, objects when his daughter, Rosa (Janet Leigh), marries Greek-American Icarus (Gene Kelly). And a cowboy named Texas (Gary Cooper) gives his assessment of the state he shares a name with. Read More Read Less

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      s r It certainly had an agenda to push, but what a cast! I would love it just for the Szabo Hungarian story. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Episodic by nature and all the vignettes have their charm but the first three are really the best. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I saw this movie on TCM yesterday… A sentimental journey through Americana. Portraying a variety of “Slice of Life” vignettes. Each one teaching a moral lesson…. The one I found most interesting was about the new preacher who was a little too political for his own good…. His new congregation just happens to be where the President of the United States goes to church. Long story short… He’s convinced that he should stop being so political and just do what Jesus said. Hard to argue with that…. But what is so interesting is that they were preaching the right message for the wrong reason. They didn’t want the church to be the church…. They just wanted them to stay out of politics That is the moral of the story. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member interesting idea telling as much for what it includes as what it excludes Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis This collection of eight independent vignettes presents a cross-section of America, circa 1951. Elderly Mrs. Riordan (Ethel Barrymore) is crestfallen when she learns that she was not counted in the census. Stefan (S.Z. Sakall), a Hungarian immigrant with a grudge against Greeks, objects when his daughter, Rosa (Janet Leigh), marries Greek-American Icarus (Gene Kelly). And a cowboy named Texas (Gary Cooper) gives his assessment of the state he shares a name with.
      Director
      Charles Vidor, Richard Thorpe, John Sturges, Don Hartman, Don Weis, Clarence Brown, William A. Wellman
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jul 20, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 29m