Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
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
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When Bick and his cronies are attempting to buy off Jett's inheritance of land from Luz, James Dean's lariat-swirling, business-stress-diversion routine appears to be an homage (and one better) to Jean Arthur's tiny lariat trick in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). That occurs just following a similar scene of lawyers trying to force "power of attorney" on Longfellow Deeds' inheritance, in order to offset the lawyers' (Ceder, Ceder, Ceder, and Budington) failure to control the books for his decedent uncle's fortune. See more »
The large display of flags in the lobby of the home has the American flag in the wrong position. It is on the right, as we see it. However, protocol requires Old Glory is to be presented "on the flag's own right," (aka stage right) meaning our left. While this may normally be correct, the display of flags are the "Six Flags over Texas". A quick Google image search will verify that these flags are consistently displayed in the following (generally chronological order) from left to right: Spain, France, Mexico, Confederate States of America, Republic of Texas and the United States of America. As such, the display as depicted in the film is accurate. See more »
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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