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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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Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 12 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)
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 
 
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 designer)
 
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 .... conductor
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:
Although Dennis Hopper plays the son of Elizabeth Taylor, in real life, he was only 4 years younger than her.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:
Uncle Bawley:Bick, you shoulda shot that fella a long time ago. Now he's too rich to kill.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Star Spangled BannerSee more »

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79 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
Giant success, 6 July 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Based on a novel by Edna Ferber, Giant is an appropriately Texas-sized western/generational saga that parallels familial evolution with the changing socio-economic nature of the United States over an approximately 30-year period from the 1920s through the film's present, and by extension, a turn of the (20th) century mentality segueing into a more contemporary outlook. It is filled with excellent writing, fabulous direction and technical elements, outstanding performances, gorgeous photography, and plenty of depth via subtly implied philosophical ideas.

At its heart, Giant is the story of Jordan "Bick" Benedict (Rock Hudson), heir, along with his sister, Luz (Mercedes McCambridge) to a family cattle ranch that exceeds half a million acres. As the film opens, Bick has traveled to Maryland, ostensibly to purchase a horse from Dr. Horace Lynnton, who has a sizeable ranch of his own, but also perhaps to search for a wife. Whether the latter was his initial intention or not, he ends up finding a spouse in Dr. Lynnton's opinionated and somewhat irascible but beautiful daughter, Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor). Bick moves Leslie from the rolling green pastures that she calls home to the huge, dusty plains of Reata, his Texas ranch.

In the process, she ends up turning his world upside down. Luz sees Leslie as a threat to their routine, an interpretation that Leslie doesn't exactly try to deny. Leslie integrates herself into the daily workings of Reata and initiates changes in the way Bick and Luz behave towards their mostly Mexican staff, among other things. Bick and Leslie have children, but they're not exactly keen on following the family tradition. Other challenges and perhaps the strongest cultural change in the film comes via Jett Rink (James Dean), who goes through a gradual transformation from his early status in the film as a dirt-poor, uneducated ranch hand.

At a three and a half-hour running time, and covering decades in the lives of many different characters, Giant is nothing if not sprawling. But this is the kind of sprawl that works. Unlike most sprawling films, the cast of characters in Giant actually turns out to be relatively small, we always have a clear idea of who each character is, and every event leads to the next in a very tightly-written, logical manner.

In fact, one of the more unusual but laudable aspects of Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat's script is the way that characters will mention something in an almost off-the-cuff manner before we immediately cut to the full realization of the previous comment. For example, Leslie and Bick are barely courting before we see them married. Other examples--Leslie goes from telling Bick that she's pregnant to having the baby in the next instant; Bick says that he's going to fly in a plane low over a particular hotel--just for dramatic effect with respect to a certain character--and in the next shot, this is just what he's doing. The first couple times this happens, it's almost a bit unnerving because of its uniqueness. We figure that the characters are in the middle of a dream sequence. But it quickly becomes apparent that the device is designed to enable large time span passages in an instant, and for the overall structure of the film, it works perfectly.

Given that structure, it was also unusual in this era to pick younger actors who would then have to be aged 30 years or so (the more standard procedure was to pick middle aged actors who could be made both younger and older through make-up and lighting). But Hudson, Taylor and Dean are perfect. Dean is especially impressive as he undergoes the most significant transformation. All three of his major films are almost heartbreaking to watch; he was an incredible talent but didn't have a chance to do much with it before he tragically passed away. But all three principal cast members are at the top of their game here; each is able to do a bit of scene stealing if they want. It creates a lot of energy throughout the film and enhances the occasional tensions in the script.

The smaller roles are perfectly filled as well. I was particularly amused with Dennis Hopper among the supporting cast. Hopper portrays Bick and Leslie's son, Jordan III. This was his first major role, and he meshes well, but at the same time, you can easily see the more infamous Hopper ala Easy Rider's (1969) Billy, Blue Velvet's (1986) Frank Booth, or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2's (1986) Lieutenant "Lefty" Enright.

The cinematography and production design are consistently beautiful. The stark Texas landscapes (filmed primarily in the town of Marfa) couldn't have more impact. The Benedict home is oddly Gothic and a bit eerie in its exterior (especially post-Psycho, 1960), and lushly gorgeous and Victorian inside. Later scenes give the interior a redecoration to match changing fashions.

Giant is extremely engaging in its soap-operatic family drama, but just as captivating for its subtle handling of important social themes. Leslie's respect for the Mexican ranch hands and servants parallels the slowly and occasionally painfully evolving public opinion about different ethnicities that is still developing. She also tries her best to usher in a bit of woman's liberation, open-mindedness in child rearing, and many other "progressive" attitudes. She's a symbol, in some ways, of Northeastern (U.S.) thinking filtering across the country in the early part of the 20th Century.

Giant is heavy on symbolism in many ways. Jett Rink's newfound fortune isn't just a personal transformation, but it symbolizes changing technology and the necessary adaptations to remain viable economically; it's a move away from a more agrarian existence. There is also pithy commentary on World War II--just look at who returns in one piece and who doesn't, and the different attitudes towards this.

It would probably take a book to just give an adequate analysis of this film. It goes without saying that you need to see Giant if you haven't already.

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