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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)
Fred Guiol (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
24 November 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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User Reviews:
"The legendary epic that's as big as Texas!" See more (149 total) »

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)
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)
Ralph Moratz ... Bellboy (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)

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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Language:
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 start date of the film was delayed a few months so that Elizabeth Taylor could give birth to a son.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jett is talking to the Oil executives about "cracking Benedict", he is seen from behind with a cigarette in his mouth, but then is seen shortly after from the front with the cigarette in his hand.See more »
Quotes:
Adarene Clinch:Why, Luz, everybody in
[this]
Adarene Clinch:county knows you'd rather herd cattle than make love.
Luz Benedict:Well, there's one thing you got to say for cattle... boy, you put your brand on one of them, you're gonna know where it's at!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Was Jett secretly in love with Leslie?
How soon after James Dean's last days of filming did he die?
Is "Giant" based on a book?
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43 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
"The legendary epic that's as big as Texas!", 30 August 2005
Author: Billie from United States

The plot: Texas ranch owner Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) travels to purchase a prize horse, but falls in love at first sight with the owner's pampered daughter Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor). He woos and wins her quickly, they marry, then travel back to his isolated ranch.

Leslie, after a rough start, proves herself quite the force of nature. Ranch hand Jett Rink (James Dean) falls into unrequited love with Leslie, uttering, in one scene, one of my favorite lines in the film, something like, "Mrs. Benedict, you sure do look right good enough to eat, yeah, good enough to eat...." (voice trails off and he looks like he's going to lick his lips) - and then when he strikes it rich with oil, he takes his bitterness out in several ways.

With a stellar supporting cast including Mercedes McCambridge, Sal Mineo, Carroll Baker, and Dennis Hopper, "Giant" is the original miniseries before anyone knew what a miniseries even was...except this is of course a classic film of the big screen, not a TV movie.

Directed by George Stevens, the sprawling epic (201 minutes, but it goes fast, believe me) beautifully covers two generations of family and a variety of issues, including marriage, family, childrearing, social snobbery and racism, the latter two being covered especially well. When in the mood for a well-paced, involved, alternately funny, sad, heartwarming, and emotionally fulfilling epic, "Giant" always fits the bill for me.

My favorite bit of trivia - Liz Taylor and Rock Hudson became fast friends on the set, and indulging together in partying/drinking binges most every night, after filming stopped. In the scene where the two are watching a marriage, the two actors had to stop during the filming several times to take turns going outside to throw up, as both were terribly hungover from the previous night's revelries.

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