in about 100 words or less
US 140m, B&W
Director: Howard Hawks; Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt, Arthur Hunnicutt
An atypical 1950s Hollywood western which attempts not to vilify all of its Indian characters, The Big Sky is about a trapper who befriends a fugitive on his journey from Kentucky to St. Louis. Along their travels they encounter troubles with the law, and eventually wind up journeying into dangerous Blackfoot territory in Montana with the help of an unlikely escort. Loosely adapted from a novel of the same name, this multilingual film is a slow-paced and sanitized version of Guthrie’s 1947 novel, which ultimately falls short of the original story (Klaus Ming December 2014).