Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: The Big Country

Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: The Big Country

Sunday, August 18, 2019


 The Big Country is a 1958 American epic Western film directed by William Wyler and starring Gregory PeckJean SimmonsCarroll BakerCharlton Heston and Burl Ives.

It is about an easterner played by Gregory Peck who comes west to reunite with his fiancé Carroll Baker. He’s considered an outsider from New England by some and he finds himself in the middle of a decades-old family feud led by the Charles Bickford and Burl Ives characters. Every element that makes a classic western is found in The Big Country. There is a clash between country folk and city folk, love triangles, an untamable horse, a shootout and a classic musical score.

This is William Wyler’s and Peck’s kind of western, tolerance of different people, getting over prejudice to signify man’s equality to man and that real courage is to stand up for your beliefs in all circumstances. It was President Eisenhower’s favorite movie and he screened it at the White House on several occasions.

Run Time: 2h 46mn

Followed by a discussion of the film and Unity principles.

Unity Goes to the Movies was begun by Rod Kennedy in April 2011 at The Unity Center of New York City for the purpose of showing movies that illustrate life lessons and instruct. It is also hosted by Rod who selects films that are drawn from the opus of movies made in Hollywood over the years that have come to influence and define our culture.

Much like the stories that were incorporated into the Bible, some of these movies are modern teachable moments about every day life that can instruct us on our spiritual path. After each movie, Mr. Kennedy hosts a discussion where everyone gets a chance to offer his or her insights and comment about the film.