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Giant (1956)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  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 <col@imdb.com>

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


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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rock Hudson and James Dean did not get along. Although later rumours would suggest that Dean had rejected a pass from the actor, most sources reported that each had little respect for the other's approach to acting, and Hudson resented Dean's unprofessional behaviour. 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 »


Luz Benedict: [Mounted on War Winds] Suppose you came out here to show me how to run things to. Well let's go!
[She grits her teeth and slaps her sharp spurs into War Winds flanks as hard as she can to enrage the stallion]
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Featured in James Dean: The First American Teenager (1975) See more »


Through a Thousand Dreams
(1946) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
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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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