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Giant (1956)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  24 November 1956 (USA)
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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 <>

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ranch | rancher | epic | texan | land | See All (343) »


THEY'RE CALLING IT ANOTHER "GONE WITH THE WIND"! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

24 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Giganten  »

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Box Office


$5,400,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Carroll Baker, who plays Elizabeth Taylor's daughter, was older in real life than Taylor. See more »


When little Jordan is crying because he is afraid to ride the pony, there is a large Texas flag hanging in front of the mansion. The star on the flag is upside down. See more »


Bick Benedict: You all think that the glory happened here in the East, don't you, with Valley Forge and Bunker Hill? Do you know about San Jacinto? Have you heard about the Alamo?
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Referenced in Send Me No Flowers (1964) See more »


Clair de Lune
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Claude Debussy
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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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