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(1956)

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In the 1940s and 1950s the usual policy for films where characters would start young and get older was to cast older actors and de-age them to show them as their younger selves. "Giant" took the then largely radical step of doing the opposite--casting younger actors and using make-up to make them appear older.
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Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor went for get-to-know-you drinks one night at the very start of the production. They both got exceedingly drunk, finishing the evening at 3:00 am. Their call-time was 5:30 am. Fortunately the scene being shot that morning was a wedding scene with no dialog, so instead of talking, all they had to do was look lovingly at each other. The two actors were concentrating so hard on not being sick that they were quite surprised when some of the people on-set started to cry, so convinced were they of their supposed looks of adoration at each other.
Carroll Baker, who plays Elizabeth Taylor's daughter, was actually older than Taylor.
George Stevens wanted to cast fading star Alan Ladd, whom he'd previously cast in Shane (1953), as Jett Rink, but his wife advised against it. The role went to James Dean.
When Rock Hudson was cast, director George Stevens asked him whom he preferred as his leading lady, Grace Kelly or Elizabeth Taylor. Hudson picked Taylor, who was cast and ended up becoming lifelong friends with Hudson.
During this production shoot James Dean appeared in an informal black & white TV commercial in which he responded to questions posed by actor Gig Young. Ironically, Dean was promoting safe driving and informed viewers, "People say racing is dangerous, but I'd rather take my chances on the track any day than on the highway." Before he left the studio he added one piece of advice: "Drive safely, because the life you save may be mine." Dean was wearing the very hat and clothing he wore for this movie throughout the commercial. He died a few weeks later in a car crash.
In the 2005 DVD release, there is what appears to be an inside joke in the title of one scene. The birthday party scene, in which Bick forces his visibly unhappy son to ride a horse, is titled "Uneasy Rider." Bick's son is played in adulthood by Dennis Hopper, who would go on to co-write, direct and star in Easy Rider (1969).
The start date of the film was delayed a few months so that Elizabeth Taylor could give birth to a son. This gave Warner Bros. time to cast James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
Location filming took place for two months outside the tiny Texas town of Marfa. Director George Stevens did not have a closed set but actively encouraged the townspeople to come by, either to watch the shooting, visit with the cast and crew or take part as extras, dialect coaches, bit players and stagehands.
James Dean was so completely immersed in his character that he hardly ever changed out of his costume.
The lead character, Jett Rink, was based upon the life of Texas oilman Glenn H. McCarthy (1907-88),. an Irish immigrant who would later be associated with a symbol of opulence in Houston, Texas: the Shamrock Hotel, which opened on St. Patrick's Day, 1949. Author Edna Ferber met McCarthy when she was a guest at his Houston, Texas, Shamrock Hotel (known as the Shamrock Hilton after 1955), the fictional Emperador Hotel in both the book and the film.
James Dean called the shooting style of director George Stevens the "around the clock" method, because Stevens would film a scene from as many different angles as possible, which made everything seem to take longer to do.
The massive painting seen on the set of the Benedict home is now in the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. It has hung in several spots in the original 1800s section of the hotel.
Clark Gable was considered for the role of Bick Benedict, but was rejected as too old by producer Jack L. Warner.
Elizabeth Taylor was said to be so upset the day after James Dean was killed in a road accident that she was excused from working on the picture for the day.
Rock Hudson and James Dean did not get along. Although later rumors would suggest that Dean had rejected a pass from the actor, most sources reported that each had little respect for the other's approach to acting, and Hudson resented Dean's unprofessional behavior.
George Stevens made the film for no upfront salary but a percentage of the (substantial) back-end profits.
Elizabeth Taylor forged a close bond with James Dean. Some nights they would sit up late as he vented his frustrations with his life as an actor, the restrictions of Hollywood life and past traumas. Unlike Rock Hudson, however, he rarely acknowledged their closeness on set, often ignoring her completely after a night of baring his soul to her.
After James Dean's death late in production, Nick Adams provided Rink's voice for a few lines.
It was the highest grossing film in Warner Bros. history until the release of Superman (1978).
The film has been homaged in several other movies, notably Robert Altman's Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) and Kevin Reynolds' Fandango (1985), which features a group of students making a pilgrimage to Marfa to see what remains of the ranch house set.
James Dean refused to undergo a lengthy make-up process for his later scenes, claiming "a man of 45 shows his age in thoughts and actions, not in wrinkles." He only allowed them to gray his temples and put a few lines on his forehead.
Although appalled by his lack of professionalism, George Stevens was always highly complimentary about James Dean's acting abilities. He even conceded that some of his lateness was a result of his intense work getting into character before shooting.
Gary Cooper happened to be at Warner Bros. the day Mercedes McCambridge was doing hair and makeup tests. When he got a look at the brand new Stetson she was supposed to wear in the film, he said, "You mean to sit there and tell me that a Texan woman who spends most of her waking hours in the middle of hundreds of head of cattle would be caught dead in that stupid store hat?" He called a wardrobe man he had worked with, and gave McCambridge an old hat he had worn in other films. It even had his name in the band. When McCambridge noticed the water stains, she asked if it had been rained on. "Nope," he replied. "Peed on a lot! That's what makes it such a fine Texas hat. No self-respecting rancher wears a hat that his horse hasn't peed on!" She wrote in her memoirs that James Dean tried to steal it.
Although Dennis Hopper plays the son of Elizabeth Taylor, in real life, he was only four years younger than her.
Originally budgeted just shy of $2 million, the film ended up costing over $5 million. Despite the worries of studio head Jack L. Warner, it went on to become Warner Bros.' biggest hit up to that time.
The heat in Texas was so great that during one day of shooting, Mercedes McCambridge's make-up melted into her skin, creating a serious infection that left her neck scarred.
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Orson Welles was inspired by the film to make The Other Side of the Wind (2016), one of his many unfinished opuses. It tells of an old director trying to complete an epic movie and being taunted by his young male lead who keeps calling him "Fatso". The director encourages his star to buy a sports car. In what exists of the film, the director is played by lean, lanky John Huston. "Fatso", however, was James Dean's nickname for George Stevens during the making of "Giant".
The film spent an entire year in the editing suites.
George Stevens shot 875,000 feet of film.
James Dean's rebellious behavior started with the press luncheon announcing the start of production. Not only did he arrive late, but when a photographer asked him to remove his glasses, he responded by putting a set of clip-on sunglasses over them. He also refused to take a bow when George Stevens introduced him. Later he tried to rationalize his behavior by claiming he had come directly from the set of Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and was concerned about being seen unshaven and tired. In fact, he had finished work on the film the night before and was exhausted. With the earlier filming running over schedule, he was shooting wardrobe and make-up tests for "Giant" while finishing "Rebel Without a Cause" and did not get a promised vacation between the two pictures.
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When the production moved to Marfa, TX, on June 6 for location filming, the Victorian mansion set was shipped from California on six train cars. The set was built on the Evans Ranch, 21 miles outside Marfa, and lashed to four telephone poles to hold it upright. It was really just a façade--three walls with no back, no roof and no interior. Interiors at the mansion and other Texas locations were filmed at Warner Bros. in Burbank.
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James Dean finished principal photography on Friday September 23, 1955. He died in a car crash a week later.
James Dean refused to show up for one Saturday call because he had planned to move that day. A week later he arrived late on a day when Mercedes McCambridge had shown up on time, even though the night before she was sent to the hospital for stitches after a bad fall. George Stevens dressed him down in front of the entire cast and crew, then walked off the set and left an assistant to direct the actor's scenes.
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A DVD version of the film was released in Canada, but not the U.S.--unusual for an American film. Warner Bros. then pulled the Canadian release, causing fans to scurry to buy the disc from Canadian distributors. The DVD quickly disappeared from stores, and became a rare item on auction websites for nearly two years, until its official North American release on DVD in 2003.
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George Stevens had a hard time directing James Dean. The problem started with Stevens' ordering Dean to get rid of his Actor's Studio mannerisms like moving his head from side to side or hopping while walking. The two argued constantly, and at one point the actor went on strike for three days. Dean even ordered his agent to come to the location to help him deal with the director. He also referred to Stevens as "Fatso" behind his back. In defiance, Dean would often hold up production for hours, causing the film to go over schedule.
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Shooting in Texas during the summer was far from comfortable, with temperatures rising as high as 120 degrees in the shade. Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor bolstered each other's spirits as much as possible, often staying up late drinking together.
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Although they had enjoyed a congenial relationship making A Place in the Sun (1951), Elizabeth Taylor and George Stevens quarrelled a good deal during filming. Most of their fights stemmed from his practice of demanding multiple takes without explaining why or offering additional direction to the actors.
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Rock Hudson claimed that he was chosen for the coveted role of Bick Benedict largely because he was the right age, 30. George Stevens felt he could be convincing as both a younger version of Bick in his early 20s and as a grandfather in his 60s. More established actors like Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and William Holden were suggested by the studio for the role, but Stevens rejected them as being too old to convincingly play Bick during his younger years.
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Wanting to emphasize the height of the Benedict mansion, the oil wells and Rink's hotel, George Stevens eschewed the use of the CinemaScope format, as he felt that the lenses tended to distort the image. In terms of his story, he felt that height was much more important than width. This was one of the few '50s epics not filmed in that process.
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James Dean objected to being kept waiting for his scenes. After being called to the set three days in a row without being used at all, he skipped his next call. When George Stevens objected, he argued that with the amount of preparation he did to create his character's emotional life, it was grueling to be kept waiting that long. Although not really sympathetic to the Method Acting Dean had learned at the Actor's Studio, Stevens tried to keep him on a more reasonable schedule after that.
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After the sudden death of James Dean during filming, Elizabeth Taylor was excused from the set for two weeks, suffering with depression in hospital because of the loss of her close friend.
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Except for Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, who stayed in rented houses, everybody else in the cast and crew stayed at Marfa's one hotel. Although conditions on the set were gruelling, the days actors weren't working were worse, as the small town (population 3,600) offered almost nothing to do.
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With Elizabeth Taylor spending time with her two co-stars, rumors flew that she was involved with one or both. Amazingly, one person who claimed to believe it was Phyllis Gates, Rock Hudson's future wife, who never acknowledged her ex-husband's homosexuality. Far from squelching the rumours, a visit from her husband Michael Wilding and children just fanned the flames, with gossips claiming Wilding had come to win her back. In truth, she had asked him to visit for moral support because the role and location filming were so difficult.
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The character of Jett Rink inspired Larry Hagman's character JR Ewing in Dallas (1978).
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Film debut of Barbara Barrie.
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The first scenes Rock Hudson shot were his reactions as an outsider at the Maryland home where he meets Leslie. To get the right "fish-out-of-water" sense, George Stevens shot Hudson's reactions independent of the other actors, with the camera far away from him and Stevens feeding him the other characters' lines.
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George Stevens considered casting Audrey Hepburn as Leslie, before deciding that she was too sophisticated for the role.
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The screenplay was only seventy pages of dialogue for a three hours movie.
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At one point, James Dean was said to have ruined an outdoor scene by yelling "Cut!" and then unzipping his pants and urinating in full view of the crew and visitors on the set.
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James Dean was so desperate to be in the film that he offered to work for a minimal salary.
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For the scenes where Rock Hudson had to play Bick as an older man, he had to wear a 50 pound belt to give him a heavy, middle-aged appearance.
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During location shooting, Warner Bros. gave the principal cast members battered old Chevies to drive around. James Dean was so frustrated with the film, he drove his out of town and shot out the windows with a BB gun. That was the last straw for Warner's. After previous complaints about the actor's speeding, the studio took his car away from him. When he got Mercedes McCambridge to drive through the country slowly as he sat on the hood of her car shooting rabbits, Warner's took her car away, too.
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George Stevens had the Palace, an old movie theatre that had been boarded up two years earlier, reopened so he could screen the daily rushes there.
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Ava Gardner was considered for the leading role, but was unable to leave Pakistan, where she was filming Bhowani Junction (1956).
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Shelley Winters tried out for the role of Vashti Snythe.
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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.
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According to Phyllis Gates, who visited her husband Rock Hudson on the set, James Dean drove a jeep, between takes, into the desert for shooting rabbits.
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Jordan Benedict II and Reata Ranch were based on Robert "Bob" J. Kleberg, Jr. (1896-1974) and the King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. Like the over half-million-acre Reata, King Ranch comprises 825,000 acres (3,340 km2; 1,289 sq mi) and includes portions of six Texas counties, including most of Kleberg County and much of Kenedy County, and was largely a livestock ranch before the discovery of oil.
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Production notes claim that of the hundreds of Texans hired to play extras in the film, ten were millionaires.
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Rock Hudson, in a later interview, claimed that when he viewed the film for the first time with an audience, he was booed throughout, but when the audience cheered him in the diner scene he realized the reaction was to his character and not to his abilities as an actor.
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According to Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor, the day after James Dean's death was announced, George Stevens required a distraught and inconsolable Taylor to complete reaction shots for a scene she had played with Dean, and that the actress never forgave him.
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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.
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As part of his direction of Rock Hudson, George Stevens took him to screenings of films starring Gary Cooper and Spencer Tracy and pointed out the performance elements he wanted to see in Bick.
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Three days before shooting was scheduled to start, James Dean was entered in an auto race in Palm Springs. When Stevens found out, he put his foot down and insisted the actor not be allowed to race until after production was finished.
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When the production moved to Marfa, Texasfor location filming, the Victorian mansion set was shipped from California on six train cars. The set was built on the Evans Ranch, 21 miles outside Marfa, and lashed to four telephone poles to hold it upright. It was really just a faade - three walls with no back, no roof and no interior. Interiors at the mansion and other Texas locations were filmed at Warner Bros. in Burbank.
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During breaks in the shooting, James Dean got the local cowboys to teach him how to handle a lariat and his hat until he could act as if he had been working with them his entire life.
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On the day he completed his last scene, James Dean had a new Porsche Spyder delivered to the set at the end of his work day. Mercedes McCambridge was the first person to ride in it with him. When he sped across the Warner's lot to drive her to her dressing room, studio police barred him from speeding there.
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Off-screen, James Dean called Mercedes McCambridge "Madama," his character's nickname for her in the film.
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One night during location shooting, Mercedes McCambridge and James Dean were so mad at George Stevens they sat up consuming a jar of peanut butter, a box of crackers, six Milky Ways and 12 Cokes.
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Although Elizabeth Taylor always said she was not involved with either of her co-stars, during location shooting, her husband, Michael Wilding, invited two strippers to their home for an evening while the children were visiting Taylor's parents. The strippers later sold their story to Confidential magazine, which ran it after the film had been completed. Although Taylor said at the time that she would not let the scandal destroy her marriage, the two would divorce in 1957.
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James Dean made friends with George Stevenss assistant Fred Guiol, which gave him an excuse to visit Stevens's offices during breaks in work on East of Eden (1955). It was seeing his first starring performance, however, that convinced Stevens to cast the sensitive actor, even though the character in the book was described as a tougher type.
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Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor remained close friends the rest of their lives, although they only worked together on one other film, The Mirror Crack'd (1980). His death of HIV complications in 1985 led to her involvement in AIDS charities which eventually brought her the Motion Picture Academy®'s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
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Benedict when asked, by Leslie's siblings, how big his ranch is, reluctantly answers five hundred and fifty nine thousand acres. Later Leslie says, it is five hundred thousand square miles.
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While in Marfa, TX, Rock Hudson learned how to ride a horse from a local rodeo champion and "horse whisperer", James Weldon Mitchell.
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Rock Hudson, who roomed briefly with James Dean and co-star Chill Wills during filming, shared George Stevens' dislike for his co-star. He felt that Dean's method of acting was completely self-absorbed to the point where he alienated his co-stars, offering no give and take in his performance. Of course, Dean had his defenders as well. In James Dean, author Val Holley wrote that when Edna Ferber visited the set, "Dean liked and charmed Ferber, trying to teach her some of the rope tricks he had mastered. She called him a "genius" and shrugged off his troubles with Stevens as "success poisoning," a syndrome she said she knew very well from the days when she had simultaneous hit shows on Broadway." Elizabeth Taylor also grew to love him and later said, "We would sometimes sit up until three in the morning, and he would tell me about his past, his mother, minister, his loves, and the next day he would just look straight through me as if he'd given away or revealed too much of himself. It would take....maybe a couple of days before we'd be back on friendship terms. He was very afraid to give of himself." The day after hearing about Dean's accident, the actress collapsed on the set and had to spend the next two weeks recovering in a hospital. (She was suffering from various health problems, including a leg infection and was also distraught over martial problems with Michael Wilding).
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Dawn Addams, Carroll Baker, Joanne Dru, Martha Hyer, Piper Laurie, Elizabeth Montgomery, Inger Stevens, Susan Strasberg were considered for Judy Benedict. Baker was instead cast as Luz.
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Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn and Dub Taylor were considered for Gabe Target.
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Vera Miles and Natalie Wood were considered for Lacey Lynnton. Fran Bennett tried out for the role, but was instead cast as Judy.
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Leon Ames and Dean Jagger were considered for Dr Horace Lynnton.
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John Carradine and John McIntire were considered for Judge Whiteside.
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Ben Johnson tried out for the role of Bale Clinch.
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Gloria Grahame was up for the roles of Leslie, Luz Benedict and Vashti Snythe.
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Richard Burton was interested in the role of Jett Rink.
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Final film of Ray Whitley,
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Pier Angeli, Rita Moreno and Gloria Rhoads were considered for the role of Juana.
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L.Q. Jones and Strother Martin were considered for the role of Pinky Smythe. Both actors were familiar faces in westerns, particularly the works of Sam Peckinpah.
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Rod Taylor was cast in one of his earliest Hollywood roles after being seen in Studio 57: The Black Sheep's Daughter (1955).
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Earl Holliman found George Stevens so charming that "I never once had a chance to say I didn't want to do his movie."
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The painting hanging in the Reata mansion is now displayed, with a plaque explaining its part in the film, in San Antonio's Menger Hotel.
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George Stevens cast Rock Hudson after seeing him as a gunfighter who ages over 30 years in The Lawless Breed (1953). In return for approving the loan to Warner Bros., Hudson's home studio, Universal, forced him to extend his contract another four years. In addition, Hudson's agent, Henry Wilson, took advantage of his client's signing by securing roles for two other actors he represented, Jane Withers and Fran Bennett.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

It was James Dean himself who suggested to George Stevens that Jett Rink's final drunken soliloquy should be done in longshot to emphasize the character's utter isolation.
The film's famous final scene in which Bick Benedict battles it out with the racist owner of a diner is drastically different in Edna Ferber's novel. In that, Bick is not present, just his wife, daughter and Mexican daughter-in-law who dutifully leave without causing any trouble when told to by the diner owner.
In the final fist fight, note how Rock Hudson's punches are slightly louder than the diner owner's, in a subtle effort to make audiences believe that he would win the fight.
In a prolonged scene, ranch hand Angel Obregon has been killed in World War II and his body returned home for burial. During the war, American battle dead were interred in temporary cemeteries. It was only after the war that, depending on the families' wishes, American war dead were reburied in permanent cemeteries abroad, national cemeteries, or returned to the family (as in Angel's case) for burial at home. Accordingly, this scene would have occurred between 1947-53, when the reburial process took place. (Source: "Safely Rest" by David P. Colley)

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