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Giant (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 24 November 1956 (USA)
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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Jett Rink, the outsider--and Leslie, wealthy and beautiful...JAMES DEAN AS JETT RINK See more »

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Drama | Western

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$5,400,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Production designer Boris Leven's design for the living room at the Benedict ranch home "Reata" was used again as the grand entry hall for the Von Trapp family home in The Sound of Music (1965). Both use the same split staircase, proportions, scale and mezzanine hallways; however, the color scheme, details and decorations were different for each film. Each were also independently constructed in different studios nine years apart. See more »

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The oil wells seen in the backgrounds of live-action shots, such as at the railroad depot, are clearly miniatures erected in the near background in an effort to give the impression of size through forced perspective. Similarly, the wells seen through the windows of indoor sets (the house and the diner, for example) are plainly painted images on false backdrops. See more »

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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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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 9 December 1956 (1956) See more »

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The Star Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
(melody: "To Anachreon in Heaven")
Music by John Stafford Smith
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One of the most underrated classics in film history
5 September 1998 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was 12 years old. It instantly became my favorite film of all time. I've seen it at least 6 times in the last thirty years, and enjoy it more each time. I was pleased to see that it at least made the top 100 films of all time list, I believe it was the National Board of Review; If not, it was as prestigious an organization.

Great characterizations abound! Never has a films with such youthful leads, generated so much emotional impact. Even though George Stevens deservedly won for Best Director, the film should have garnered more Oscars, it was nominated in 11 or 12 categories. It definitely superior in every way to Mike Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days", even though that was a delightful movie, but clearly without the substance of "Giant".

I always dreamed that subsequent generations would discover this movie and lift it to the blockbuster status that it deserves. I encourage anyone to see this movie, it has held up flawlessly over the years. A honest to goodness fabulous movie!


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