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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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24 November 1956 (USA)  »

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$5,400,000 (estimated)
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Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor went for get-to-know-you drinks one night at the very start of the production. They both got exceedingly drunk, finishing the evening at 3:00 am. Their call-time was 5:30 am. Fortunately the scene being shot that morning was a wedding scene with no dialog, so instead of talking, all they had to do was look lovingly at each other. The two actors were concentrating so hard on not being sick that they were quite surprised when some of the people on-set started to cry, so convinced were they of their supposed looks of adoration at each other. See more »

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Shortly after Leslie prepares breakfast for the first time in the ranch, surprising Luz, and as Bick walks down the stairs, a microphone is briefly visible above the shot. See more »

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Uncle Bawley: Bick, you shoulda shot that fella a long time ago. Now he's too rich to kill.
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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
(originally called "One Horse Open Sleigh")
Written by James Pierpont
Sung on the Christmas morning after Judy's wedding
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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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