Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

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Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Jett Rink, the outsider--and Leslie, wealthy and beautiful...JAMES DEAN AS JETT RINK See more »

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24 November 1956 (USA)  »

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$5,400,000 (estimated)
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The lead character, Jett Rink, was based upon the life of Texas oilman Glenn H. McCarthy (1907-88), an Irish immigrant who would later be associated with a symbol of opulence in Houston, Texas: the Shamrock Hotel, which opened on St. Patrick's Day, 1949. Author Edna Ferber met McCarthy when she was a guest at his Shamrock Hotel (known as the Shamrock Hilton after 1955), which served as the basis for the fictional Emperador Hotel in both the book and the film. See more »

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A group of Texan landowners talk about Geronimo as the chief of the Comanche. Geronimo was an Apache. See more »

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Leslie Benedict: Money isn't everything, Jett.
Jett Rink: Not when you've got it.
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Referenced in Lemon Popsicle (1978) See more »

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One of the most underrated classics in film history
5 September 1998 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was 12 years old. It instantly became my favorite film of all time. I've seen it at least 6 times in the last thirty years, and enjoy it more each time. I was pleased to see that it at least made the top 100 films of all time list, I believe it was the National Board of Review; If not, it was as prestigious an organization.

Great characterizations abound! Never has a films with such youthful leads, generated so much emotional impact. Even though George Stevens deservedly won for Best Director, the film should have garnered more Oscars, it was nominated in 11 or 12 categories. It definitely superior in every way to Mike Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days", even though that was a delightful movie, but clearly without the substance of "Giant".

I always dreamed that subsequent generations would discover this movie and lift it to the blockbuster status that it deserves. I encourage anyone to see this movie, it has held up flawlessly over the years. A honest to goodness fabulous movie!


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