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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 <col@imdb.com>

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Bick Benedict, owning so much--except the one part of Leslie's life that is no part of his...ROCK HUDSON AS BICK BENEDICT See more »

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Drama | Romance

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24 November 1956 (USA)  »

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Giganten  »

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$5,400,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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George Stevens had a hard time directing James Dean. The problem started with Stevens's ordering Dean to get rid of mannerisms like moving his head from side to side or hopping while walking. The two argued constantly, and at one point the actor went on strike for three days. Dean even ordered his agent to come to the location to help him deal with the director. He also referred to Stevens as "Fatso" behind his back. See more »

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Near the end, when Jett and Luz are in the bar together, the amount of liquor and ice in Jett's glass changes. See more »

Quotes

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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South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
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Music by Michael Carr
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
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The limits of good intentions
4 March 2014 | by (london uk) – See all my reviews

By the time the vital theme of racial intolerance reaches its climax in this plodding melodrama, the audience has endured three hours of stilted dialogue and overblown acting. The film's most dynamic performers are either gone too soon (Mercedes McCambridge) or come too late (Dennis Hopper) to compensate for its morass of mediocrity (Hudson) or ineptitude (Dean). Elizabeth Taylor, enduring some of the worst ageing make-up ever seen in a seriously-intentioned Hollywood movie, somehow emerges with her dignity intact.

It's difficult to make a picture convincing when its story has to traverse as many years as GIANT. SHOWBOAT, also from a Ferber novel, has the same problem. It does, however, have songs to save it. No such luck here. Attempts by composer Dimitri Tiomkin to give grandeur to what's on offer do the reverse: the harder he works, the worse it gets. This is particularly sad when considering William C. Mellor's outstanding photography - by far the greatest pleasure that GIANT has to offer.

It doesn't give me any joy at all to write so disparagingly about a film which deals with such important issues as envy, greed, pride and intolerance. Director George Stevens was clearly a humane man who brought a great sensitivity to his work - his previous movie was, after all, the lean and unpretentiously powerful SHANE. Unfortunately, with GIANT, the intractability of his source material and the unevenness of his cast defeated his good intentions.


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