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

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Release Date:

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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Jett Rink inspired Larry Hagman's character JR Ewing in Dallas (1978). See more »

Goofs

The oil wells seen in the backgrounds of live-action shots, such as at the railroad depot, are clearly miniatures erected in the near background in an effort to give the impression of size through forced perspective. Similarly, the wells seen through the windows of indoor sets (the house and the diner, for example) are plainly painted images on false backdrops. See more »

Quotes

Jett Rink: You sure do look pretty, Miss Leslie. Pert nigh good enough to eat!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The James Dean Story (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You
(1903) (uncredited)
(melody: "I've Been Working on the Railroad")
Written by John Lang Sinclair
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Larger than life
23 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

The epitome of the Hollywood epic soap opera, immortalised by the premature death late in the production by its enigmatic star James Dean. Dean plays a brooding ranch-hand bequeathed a parcel of supposedly arid land upon the death of his employer, but rather than exchange it for a handsome sum, turns it into a profitable oil interest much to the chagrin of his former employer's son (and heir to the estate) Hudson.

Elizabeth Taylor co-stars as Hudson's wife (affecting a reasonable southern drawl), while notable supporting cast features Dennis Hopper and Carroll Baker as the Hudson/Taylor brood (nevermind the age issues), and Chill Wills, Rod Taylor and the very young Sal Mineo have supporting roles of various importance.

I'm not sure if "Giant" would've become so revered had it not been for the fatal accident that claimed Dean's life before its release, suffice to say it's best seen with an intermission to digest the mammoth three hours plus duration. Overall the story is engaging and the cast is attractive, but the execution is all show and little substance.


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