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Giant (1956)

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

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Sir David Karfrey (as Rodney Taylor)
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Dr. Horace Lynnton
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Storyline

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 Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Jett Rink's shack. No one has ever set foot in it,--and then, suddenly, Leslie...ELIZABETH TAYLOR AS LESLIE LYNNTON See more »

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Drama | Western

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24 November 1956 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,649, 22 September 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,000,000
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1.66 : 1
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When the production moved to Marfa, Texas 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 facade - 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. See more »

Goofs

When Jordy introduces his new wife Juana at the pool party, the people behind Bick and Leslie are seen applauding, even though Jordan hasn't finished his announcement yet. Also, no sound of clapping is heard. See more »

Quotes

Jordan Benedict III: [to Jett Rink] You insulted my wife, and you're gonna answer for it!
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There are no cast and crew credits given at the end of the film. Just the words "The End" and a final slide for George Stevens and Warner Bros. See more »

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Referenced in That'll Be the Day (1973) See more »

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Oh My Darling Clementine
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Montrose
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One of the most underrated classics in film history
5 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was 12 years old. It instantly became my favorite film of all time. I've seen it at least 6 times in the last thirty years, and enjoy it more each time. I was pleased to see that it at least made the top 100 films of all time list, I believe it was the National Board of Review; If not, it was as prestigious an organization.

Great characterizations abound! Never has a films with such youthful leads, generated so much emotional impact. Even though George Stevens deservedly won for Best Director, the film should have garnered more Oscars, it was nominated in 11 or 12 categories. It definitely superior in every way to Mike Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days", even though that was a delightful movie, but clearly without the substance of "Giant".

I always dreamed that subsequent generations would discover this movie and lift it to the blockbuster status that it deserves. I encourage anyone to see this movie, it has held up flawlessly over the years. A honest to goodness fabulous movie!


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