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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sir David Karfrey (as Rodney Taylor)
Judith Evelyn ...
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Alexander Scourby ...


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 was made to get to the top -- so he could have the fun of falling all the way down. 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?


James Dean refused to undergo a lengthy make-up process for his later scenes, claiming "a man of forty-five shows his age in thoughts and actions, not in wrinkles." He only allowed them to gray his temples and put a few lines on his forehead. See more »


When Uncle Bawley makes his "99% beef" joke, he is shown in the long shot holding his drink in one hand, but in the subsequent close shot, he's holding it in both hands. See more »


Leslie Benedict: Money isn't everything, Jett.
Jett Rink: Not when you've got it.
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Referenced in Little (2004) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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A Majestical, Awe-Inspiring Masterpiece
19 February 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

What can I say? George Steven's Giant is a prototype for what a classic epic film should be like. It takes time to develop its two main characters, and it does a good job of examining the social milieu and environment (Texas) that the characters inhabit. Rock Hudson's performance reminds me of Richard Burton's in the underrated Joseph Mankiewiek's film Cleopatra, and indeed, there are many parallels (which I won't go into) between Rock Hudson's character and Marc Anthony. Similarly, Elizabeth Taylor's character in Giant (radiant and wonderful as usual) resembles Cleopatra in many ways. One can argue that Giant is the story of Anthony and Cleopatra transported to Texas. And it's almost heartbreaking to see James Dean in his last performance. . . the flow of generations, the gaps between the older and the newer generations, the passing on off dreams by ancestors, the influence of the dead on the living, tradition versus modernity, the lasting and ever-changing nature of love. . . these are all issues which Giant addresses eloquently and majestically. Oh, and there is a ten-minute section in Giant which has got to be one of the best cinematic passages I have ever seen. In this passage, without the use of and sound or music, George Steven's portrays death and rebirth through the generations. . . it's nothing short of astonishing!

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