Classic TV Western 'Big Valley' headed to the big screen

The 1960s TV Western Big Valley, which starred Barbara Stanwyck, will get the feature film treatment, Variety reports. Daniel Adams, who will direct the movie, wrote the script and developed the plot — which includes elements from the pilot and several episodes — with with series creators Louis F. Edelman (along with his daughter Kate Edelman) and A.I. Bezzerides. Roles have yet to be cast, but in the series, Stanwyck played the widowed matriarch of a wealthy family living in Stockton, Calif., in the 1800s. The show ran from 1964-69 on ABC and helped launch the careers of Lee Majors and Linda Evans. Filming on the movie is expected to start in April.

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  • Mr. Williams

    HOLLYWOOD has officially run out of ideas – sad, sad. And how is there a “Big Valley” movie before a “Six Million Dollar Man” movie???? Hmmmm. I enjoyed the Big Valley when it was first aired on TV. I’m not sure it can work via the big screen, oh well.

  • asharri

    I loved the Big Valley. (and I’m only 34) The pilot episode in and of itself is a great story. I think it could transfer very easily to the big screen if done correctly.

  • swthompson

    Actually, The Big Valley was one of the better western series of the 60s. I recall liking it much better than Bonanza– perhaps because Barbara Stanwyck’s character was one of the strongest females on television at the time. If they do the movie right it could be great– but the ratio of good television to good movies is dreadfully low.

  • Tom H

    Big Valley and Maverick were my two favorite western themed shows growing up. Admittedly both were in reruns when I watched em. Having enjoyed the Maverick film all those years ago, I can’t wait to see a Big Valley film.
    Barbara Stanwyk and those that played the ‘children’ were wonderfully well cast. Maybe Linda Evans and Lee Majors (last surviving cast members) could have appearances in the film??
    Look forward to more information on this film!!!!!

  • Barkley Ranch Fan

    What a great way to showcase 2 actresses and 3 actors. The Big Valley was a story for survival and family sticking together in a crisis. I will be the first in line to see this on the big screen.

    • Krissy

      I’ll be right there with u. I love all those old shows The Big Valley, Bonanza, Gun smoke, even little House. I’m watching The Big Valley now. They just showed the part where Barbra first talks to Lee. It a very powerful seen. If more women will look at the poor children that come from the indiscretion of men our children would not grow up with so much hatred. Another thing I liked was the end where the family table brought every one together, and the blessing was still shown.

  • scorpio9094

    Peter Breck, who played the older brother is also still alive.

  • scorpio9094

    Peter Breck, who played the older brother is still alive.

  • Marc Bryant

    Peter Breck who played Nick Barkley and Charles Briles who played Eugene for the first season are both alive. Peter has a website at and Charles converses with fans in one of the many yahoo groups. You can join the yahoo groups and search for The Big Valley. Many of the actors have their own groups that fans have started.


    Barbara and Richard are the only ones that have passed on so there are 4 of the 6 stll alive and Lee is going to be in it for the first 15 min as Tom Barkley

  • Dorothy McAvoy

    The Big Valley is my most favorite TV program of all time. I am so excited they are bringing it to the big screen. There was no western that was ever as good.

  • Rockie

    Lee Majors as Tom Barkley. I always sort of figured Heath must have looked a lot like old Tom Barkley for Victoria to have been so, ahem, welcoming towards him. She was always kissing that boy.

    • Jim Brenner

      You are exactly right! Great idea!!

  • sandy marek

    I am pleased to hear they are doing a Big Valley Movie. To those who have thoughts of who they want to portray the characters I prefer it if they used unknowns. But cast the 4 remaining actors in roles that will work out for them as cameos. Lee playing Tom is an ideal idea as well as any of his children playing any of the children in the series. If it is done well I will be looking forward to it in the movies and if it does well past that I would buy it on dvd and would like to see it make the transition to the tv screens using the same actors portraying the characters in the movie as well as Eugene being a permanent fixture to the show as well. Sandy.

  • Alan R. Mickens

    Did Lee Majors have a short lived role as one of Lorne Green’s sons on the Bonanza TV series?

  • Hal

    The Big Valley was THEE Best western themed tv show of all time…and anyone who disagrees will have to deal with TV’s Toughest Cowboy!! Nick Barkley rules….and hopefully they cast him with someone who can fill the shoes of Peter Breck because he made the show!!…nuff said

  • Lindy

    The Big Valley was one of the best westerns of the 60’s. Strong cast made the show what it was. It is going to be hard to recast the roles, but it will be interesting to see how it all turns out. Peter Breck’s Nick portrayal was the best. How could anyone live up to Barbara Stanwyck. Since the original producers are involved, I’m hoping for the best.

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