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Giant -- Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

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Director:
Writers:
Edna Ferber (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
24 November 1956 (USA) See more »
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From the novel by EDNA FERBER See more »
Plot:
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Leslie Benedict

Rock Hudson ... Jordan 'Bick' Benedict Jr.

James Dean ... Jett Rink

Carroll Baker ... Luz Benedict II

Jane Withers ... Vashti Snythe

Chill Wills ... Uncle Bawley

Mercedes McCambridge ... Luz Benedict

Dennis Hopper ... Jordan Benedict III

Sal Mineo ... Angel Obregón II

Rod Taylor ... Sir David Karfrey (as Rodney Taylor)
Judith Evelyn ... Mrs. Nancy Lynnton

Earl Holliman ... 'Bob' Dace
Robert Nichols ... Mort 'Pinky' Snythe

Paul Fix ... Dr. Horace Lynnton
Alexander Scourby ... Old Polo
Fran Bennett ... Judy Benedict
Charles Watts ... Judge Oliver Whiteside
Elsa Cárdenas ... Juana Guerra Benedict (as Elsa Cardenas)
Carolyn Craig ... Lacey Lynnton

Monte Hale ... Bale Clinch
Sheb Wooley ... Gabe Target
Mary Ann Edwards ... Adarene Clinch
Victor Millan ... Angel Obregón Sr.
Mickey Simpson ... Sarge
Pilar Del Rey ... Mrs. Obregón
Maurice Jara ... Dr. Guerra
Noreen Nash ... Lona Lane
Ray Whitley ... Watts
Napoleon Whiting ... Jefferson Swazey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Adams ... Jett Rink - Giving Banquet Speech (voice) (uncredited)
Perfideo Aguilar ... Jordan Benedict IV - As an Infant (uncredited)
Elsa Aguirre ... (uncredited)
Fernando Alvarado ... Busboy (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Gov. North (uncredited)

Barbara Barrie ... Mary Lou Decker (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... Dr. Borneholm (uncredited)
Dave Bishop ... Jordan Benedict III - As an Infant (uncredited)
Richard Bishop ... Jordan Benedict III - As an Infant (uncredited)
Claudia Bryar ... Older Beauty Operator (uncredited)
John Caler ... Driver (uncredited)
Georgann Cashen ... Judy Benedict - As an Infant (uncredited)
Mary Ann Cashen ... Judy Benedict - As an Infant (uncredited)
Pat Cortland ... Vashti's Daughter (uncredited)
Colleen Crane ... Judy Benedict II - As an Infant (uncredited)
Marlene Crane ... Judy Benedict II - As an Infant (uncredited)
Highland Dale ... War Winds the Horse (uncredited)
Dana Dillaway ... Judy Benedict - Age 4 (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Clay Hodgins Sr. (uncredited)
George Dunn ... Vern Decker (uncredited)
Pete Dunn ... (uncredited)
Juney Ellis ... Essie Lou Hodgins (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ... General's Wife (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Guest at Jett Rink's Banquet (uncredited)
Vera Lee Friedman ... Vashti's Daughter (uncredited)
John Garcia ... Angel Obregón II - As an Infant (uncredited)
Maxine Gates ... Waitress at Sarge's (uncredited)
Ethel Greenwood ... Governor North's Wife (uncredited)
Gypsy ... War Winds the Horse (uncredited)
Bill Hale ... Bartender (uncredited)
Marc Hamilton ... Guard (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Governor's Ball Guest (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
David Jiminez ... Angel Obregón - Age 5 (uncredited)
Steven Kay ... Jordan Benedict III - Age 4 (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Governor's Ball Guest (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... General (uncredited)
Jill Lent ... Luz Benedict II - Age 2 (uncredited)
Judy Lent ... Luz Benedict II - Age 2 (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Truck Driver in Diner (uncredited)
Ana Maria Majalca ... Petra (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Governor's Ball Guest (uncredited)
Tina Menard ... Lupe (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Minister (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Wedding Guest / Governor's Ball Guest on Dais (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... Guard at Governor's Ball (uncredited)
Carl Moore ... Toastmaster (uncredited)
Tony Morella ... Busboy (uncredited)
Ina Poindexter ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Ramon Ramirez ... Jordan Benedict IV - as an Infant (uncredited)
Martha Randall ... Young Beauty Operator (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Old Man (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Square Dance Extra (uncredited)
Bob Shurley ... Extra (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Wedding Guest / Governor's Ball Guest on Dais (uncredited)
Mitzi Sutherland ... Vashti's Daughter (uncredited)
Slim Talbot ... Clay Hodgins, Jr. (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... Harper (uncredited)
Max Terhune ... Dr. Walker (uncredited)
Wanda Lee Thompson ... Judy Benedict II - Age 2 (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Gómez (uncredited)
Natividad Vacío ... Eusebio (uncredited)
Francisco Villalobos ... Mexican Priest (uncredited)
Christine Werner ... Luz Benedict II - As an Infant (uncredited)

Dan White ... Truck Driver in Diner (uncredited)
John Wiley ... Assistant Manager (uncredited)

Rush Williams ... Waiter (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
Edna Ferber (from the novel by)

Fred Guiol (screen play) and
Ivan Moffat (screen play)

Produced by
Henry Ginsberg .... producer
George Stevens .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck (editing by)
Robert Lawrence (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Boris Leven (production designed by)
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst  (as Ralph Hurst)
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
George Lane .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Edith Palmer .... body makeup (uncredited)
Frank Prehoda .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Pat Westmore .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tom Andre .... production manager
Ralph E. Black .... production manager (uncredited)
Mel Dellar .... production manager (uncredited)
Charles Greenlaw .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Ralph W. Nelson .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Guiol .... second unit director
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director: second unit (as Russ Llewellyn)
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director (as Joe Rickards)
Read Killgore .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Rusty Meek .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Dick Moder .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
J. Leslie Asher .... props (uncredited)
Donald P. Desmond .... construction (uncredited)
Dean V. Lennon .... drapery (uncredited)
John Moore .... prop master (uncredited)
Weldon H. Patterson .... props (uncredited)
George Stoltz .... greenman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
James R. Alexander .... cable man (uncredited)
Clifford Call .... recordist (uncredited)
C.J. 'Mickey' Emerson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Samuel F. Goode .... boom man (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ralph Webb .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Eli Bo Jack Blackfeather .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edwin B. DuPar .... photography: second unit (as Edwin DuPar)
Eddie Leon Albert .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Wesley Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Warren E. Boes .... best boy (uncredited)
Elmer Faubion .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Lamber .... best boy (uncredited)
Jim L. Mathews .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank McCarthy .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ted D. McCord .... location camera (uncredited)
Frank V. Phillips .... camera operator (uncredited)
Sanford Roth .... still photographer (uncredited)
Richard L. Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Moss Mabry .... costume designer: Miss Taylor
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ted Kring .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Ann Landers .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
John Noble .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Sophia Stutz .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Vic Vallejo .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Philip W. Anderson .... associate film editor (as Phil Anderson)
Fred Bohanan .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music conducted by
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Michael Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica soloist (uncredited)
Tony Mottola .... musician: guitarist (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James E. Haynes .... driver
 
Other crew
Ted Ashton .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Joe Barry .... location manager (uncredited)
Carl P. Benoit .... location manager (uncredited)
Wally Cech .... craft service (uncredited)
Betty Coryell .... secretary (uncredited)
Marjorie Dillon .... stand-in: Elizabeth Taylor (uncredited)
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Narciso Gonzalez .... horse wrangler (uncredited)
Robert Hinkle .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Harold Hourihan .... accountant (uncredited)
Ralph McCutcheon .... horse trainer (uncredited)
George Stevens Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
201 min
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Color:
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (cut) (1960) | UK:PG | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #17675) (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film spent an entire year in the editing suites.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Bick Benedict:Leslie... don't behave like that... making a fuss o'er those people. You're a Texan now.
Leslie Benedict:Is that a state of mind? I'm still myself...
Bick Benedict:You're my wife now honey, you're a Benedict.
Leslie Benedict:I still have a mind of my own. Elsewhere being gracious is acceptable.
Bick Benedict:Uh, well, but... we're gracious.
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Movie Connections:
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Why would Leslie raise such a stink about women being excluded from discussions about politics but then later get upset at her daughter for wanting to attend Texas Tech instead of a finishing school?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
When and why does Nick Adams dub James Dean's voice?
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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The Eyes of Texas, 20 May 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I am of the opinion that it is impossible to make a bad film out of an Edna Ferber book. Her backgrounds are epic and she creates characters who fill the backgrounds that their stories take place.

Such is the case of Giant and the story of Bick Benedict, Leslie Lynnton, and Jett Rink and all the Texans here, native and transplanted. Giant's story begins with Bick Benedict coming to Maryland to buy a prize stallion and in a whirlwind courtship, marrying and bringing back the stallion and it's owner as well who becomes Leslie Lynnton.

Benedict as played by Rock Hudson is co-owner with his sister Mercedes McCambridge of one large piece of Texas real estate named Reata which makes the Ponderosa look like a homestead. 595,000 acres Hudson modestly states to the Lynnton guests at dinner. He's also incurred the jealousy of one of his ranch hands, James Dean as Jett Rink who envies Hudson in all things including his new bride.

Hudson and Dean were both up for Best Actor in 1956 losing to Yul Brynner in The King and I, but I've always felt that this was Elizabeth Taylor's film. Liz showed what she could do in George Stevens's A Place in the Sun and unfortunately she went back to MGM and got a bunch of films that were really beneath her talents. It was George Stevens again who even though he wanted Grace Kelly in the part first, got a great performance out of Elizabeth Taylor. Although she's overawed at first by the Texans and their ways, she warms gradually up to the role of mistress of Reata and brings a touch of compassion and humanity to Reata and its people.

The leading man was also borrowed by Warner Brothers. Rock Hudson got his one and only Oscar nomination for this role. His character of Bick Benedict ages and grows in every way. Maybe because its Rock Hudson playing the part, but I think it's Hudson innate and underrated skill as a player that makes you know there's a latent decency that's eventually going to overcome the bad things he was brought up with.

Of course Giant marks the early tragic farewell of James Dean as player. In one terrible accident that claimed his life James Dean went from rebel actor to eternal legend. Jett Rink was the final piece of his performing career and only a hint of what we could have expected from him. He's a dirt poor ranch hand, as poor as the Mexicans, who mostly work at Reata, but he doesn't identify with them at all. When he strikes it oil rich, he's just put in a position where he can now inflict terrible things on those people he feels superior to.

When film fans talk about Giant they talk about the differences between Hudson and Dean. Hudson starts out rich and prejudiced, Dean is poor and prejudiced. Dean strikes it rich and becomes an oil billionaire, but it's brought him no happiness, just richer surroundings to be miserable in. The difference is that Hudson had Taylor and the children they both had. Their lives together, Taylor's love and devotion and his children's respectful rebellion made him see things differently and grow as a person. If Dean had an Elizabeth Taylor, things might have worked out better for him in a personal sense.

George Stevens won the only Oscar that Giant got that year, for Best Director. The all-star extravaganza Around the World in 80 Days won for Best Picture, though I think Giant has stood the test of time a lot better. Then again Stevens had an Edna Ferber epic story to work from and as I said before, you can't ever go wrong with one of her stories.

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