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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Leslie Benedict
... Jordan 'Bick' Benedict Jr.
... Jett Rink
... Luz Benedict II
... Vashti Snythe
... Uncle Bawley
... Luz Benedict
... Jordan Benedict III
... Angel Obregón II
... Sir David Karfrey (as Rodney Taylor)
... Mrs. Nancy Lynnton
... 'Bob' Dace
Robert Nichols ... Mort 'Pinky' Snythe
... Dr. Horace Lynnton
... Old Polo
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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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rancher | epic | texas | oil | rivalry | See All (344) »

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The legendary epic that's as big as Texas. See more »

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Drama | Western

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24 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gigante  »

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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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Clark Gable was considered for the role of Bick Benedict, but was rejected as too old by producer Jack L. Warner. See more »

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The newspaper shown announcing Angel Obregon's return has an article about Alfred Chester Beatty giving up his American "nationality" and becoming a British citizen. Beatty was a real person that did this in 1933. The newspaper shown is from that year when it should have been from sometime between 1941 and 1945. See more »

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Leslie Benedict: I said I was sorry about the name calling. It was very impolite, I know, but in principle I was absolutely right.
Bick Benedict: You come down here and you try to tell us how to run things, insultin' my friends and everything. Now, you look here Leslie, you're my wife, Mrs Jordan Benedict, and I'm asking you right now, when are you gonna settle down and behave like everybody else?
Leslie Benedict: Never!
Bick Benedict: Who in Hohenzollern do you think you are, anyhow, Joan of Arc or somethin'?
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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 Lemon Popsicle (1978) See more »

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Oh My Darling Clementine
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Montrose
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The limits of good intentions
4 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

By the time the vital theme of racial intolerance reaches its climax in this plodding melodrama, the audience has endured three hours of stilted dialogue and overblown acting. The film's most dynamic performers are either gone too soon (Mercedes McCambridge) or come too late (Dennis Hopper) to compensate for its morass of mediocrity (Hudson) or ineptitude (Dean). Elizabeth Taylor, enduring some of the worst ageing make-up ever seen in a seriously-intentioned Hollywood movie, somehow emerges with her dignity intact.

It's difficult to make a picture convincing when its story has to traverse as many years as GIANT. SHOWBOAT, also from a Ferber novel, has the same problem. It does, however, have songs to save it. No such luck here. Attempts by composer Dimitri Tiomkin to give grandeur to what's on offer do the reverse: the harder he works, the worse it gets. This is particularly sad when considering William C. Mellor's outstanding photography - by far the greatest pleasure that GIANT has to offer.

It doesn't give me any joy at all to write so disparagingly about a film which deals with such important issues as envy, greed, pride and intolerance. Director George Stevens was clearly a humane man who brought a great sensitivity to his work - his previous movie was, after all, the lean and unpretentiously powerful SHANE. Unfortunately, with GIANT, the intractability of his source material and the unevenness of his cast defeated his good intentions.


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