The Big Sky is a 1952 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and written by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel of the same name by A.B. Guthrie Jr.. The cast includes Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt and Arthur Hunnicutt, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Though not considered among Hawks’s major achievements by most critics, the film was chosen by Jonathan Rosenbaum for his alternative list of the Top 100 American Films.
- This is on my topics list as a Mountain Man movie. Mountain Men were trappers, traders, and explorers. In this case they were traders.
- It is an adventure movie, and a quest movie. A brigade of men take a keel boat up the Missouri River in order to trade with the Blackfoot Indians.
- The are returning a Blackfoot princess, and a love triangle develops, with one of the men finally marrying the Blackfoot princess in the end.