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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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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
Alexander Scourby ... 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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From the novel by EDNA FERBER 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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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. See more »

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When Leslie and her children return to Maryland for Thanksgiving, they are greeted by a green midsummer landscape. At that time of year, the leaves and grass would have already turned and the trees would be well on their way to being bare. See more »

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[last lines]
Jordan 'Bick' Benedict: You want to know something, Leslie? If I live to be ninety, I will never figure you out.
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Crazy Credits

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 Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012) See more »

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Through a Thousand Dreams
(1946) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
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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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