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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
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According to Rock Hudson, George Stevens did most of his direction of the actors before filming started, in meetings to help them understand their characters and by involving them in production decisions. One day he took Hudson to the production shop where the massive Victorian house at Reata was being built. Most of the house was just lumber at that point, but Stevens asked him what colour the house should be. Hudson thought about the Victorian era, then said "Tan with brown trim, I guess." Stevens immediately told the production crew to paint it that color. See more »
At the pool party, the square dancers' moves do not match the caller's instructions. See more »
The epitome of the Hollywood epic soap opera, immortalised by the premature death late in the production by its enigmatic star James Dean. Dean plays a brooding ranch-hand bequeathed a parcel of supposedly arid land upon the death of his employer, but rather than exchange it for a handsome sum, turns it into a profitable oil interest much to the chagrin of his former employer's son (and heir to the estate) Hudson.
Elizabeth Taylor co-stars as Hudson's wife (affecting a reasonable southern drawl), while notable supporting cast features Dennis Hopper and Carroll Baker as the Hudson/Taylor brood (nevermind the age issues), and Chill Wills, Rod Taylor and the very young Sal Mineo have supporting roles of various importance.
I'm not sure if "Giant" would've become so revered had it not been for the fatal accident that claimed Dean's life before its release, suffice to say it's best seen with an intermission to digest the mammoth three hours plus duration. Overall the story is engaging and the cast is attractive, but the execution is all show and little substance.
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