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


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Release Date:

24 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Giganten  »

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$5,400,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Although they had enjoyed a congenial relationship making A Place in the Sun (1951), Elizabeth Taylor and George Stevens quarrelled a good deal during filming. Most of their fights stemmed from his practice of demanding multiple takes without explaining why or offering additional direction to the actors. See more »


The U.S. flag on the casket at the train platform is displayed incorrectly, with the field of stars on the right, but then correctly at the burial, with the field of stars on the left. See more »


Jett Rink: I don't know what it might just be a good idea... to gamble 'long with ol' Madama.
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Jett Rink: Jus' gamble 'long. Just... keep what she give me.
Jett Rink: I'm sentimental too, Bick.
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Dean matures
14 October 2008 | by (NYC - Center of The Universe) – See all my reviews

As a "Deaner," what can be said that hasn't already been said?eh Flawless performance from an American film icon. "Giant" marked his second posthumous Academy Award nomination. The only actor to achieve such a feat. In light of this, I am astounded at the comments made that Dean was unconvincing as an aging Jhett Rink. Can you picture Leo DiCaprio in the same role? He simply doesn't have the maturity to pull it off. Dean had it, and he was only 24. And long before The Ewings, we had The Benedicts. Edna Ferber's brilliant masterpiece is brought to the silver screen. A sprawling epic that was years ahead of its time. Tackling racism and classism, this shall aways remain George Stevens' signature piece.

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