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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.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Edna Ferber (from the novel by), Fred Guiol (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Leslie Benedict
Rock Hudson ... Jordan 'Bick' Benedict Jr.
James Dean ... Jett Rink
Carroll Baker ... Luz Benedict II
Jane Withers ... Vashti Snythe
Chill Wills ... Uncle Bawley
Mercedes McCambridge ... Luz Benedict
Dennis Hopper ... Jordan Benedict III
Sal Mineo ... Angel Obregón II
Rod Taylor ... Sir David Karfrey (as Rodney Taylor)
Judith Evelyn ... Mrs. Nancy Lynnton
Earl Holliman ... 'Bob' Dace
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Mort 'Pinky' Snythe
Paul Fix ... 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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rancher | epic | texas | oil | rivalry | See All (347) »

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

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gigante See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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According to Phyllis Gates, who visited her husband Rock Hudson on the set, James Dean drove a jeep, between takes, into the desert for shooting rabbits. See more »

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When Jett is talking to the oil executives about "cracking Benedict", he is seen from behind with a cigarette in his mouth, but then is seen shortly after from the front with the cigarette in his hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Horace Lynnton: [they pull up to the Lynnton estate and stop as horses jump over the fence in front of them] There he is, there's the stallion. That's War Winds.
Bick Benedict: Beautiful.
Dr. Horace Lynnton: That's my daughter riding him, Leslie.
[turns to Bick]
Dr. Horace Lynnton: Leslie's my daughter. She's riding him.
Bick Benedict: [slyly referring to Leslie instead of the stallion] Doctor, that sure is a beautiful animal.
Dr. Horace Lynnton: Yes she, well we'll get to the hoses first thing in the morning. Right now you're coming up to the house and get ready for dinner.
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The Yellow Rose of Texas
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More sizzle than steak
3 June 2001 | by budmasseySee all my reviews

James Dean's last film, during the completion of which he died. His real life friend Nick Adams and Rebel Without a Cause co-veteran was called upon to do the final voice dubbing for Dean, and Sal Mineo, who also appeared in Rebel, completes the reunion.

Is isn't possible to be objective about James Dean anymore. He looms larger than life over the American cinematic landscape. He was, alas, a mediocre actor who apparently wanted to be Marlon Brando when he grew up, and never got the chance. His incoherent performance is at times laughable, and he is patently unbelievable as the older Jett Rink.

The plot is inconsequential. Dean lives in the shadow of the wealthy Benedict family until he hits oil and joins the megarich. Instead of bringing him happiness, his new stature practically destroys him. And the Benedict family endures, through such weighty scandals as a son who marries a Mexican and wants to be a doctor instead of a rancher, and a daughter who wants to be a rancher instead of a debutante. Poor little rich kids.

The cast, however, is monumental. Taylor and Hudson are more than any movie deserves, especially this one, but neither is given the chance to really open up. A supporting cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Earl Holliman, Rod Taylor and others elevates this tedious story above the Hollywood blockbuster pap that is really was, but it's really three hours of aimless meandering that almost seemed like a small story that drowned under the weight George Steven's ham-handed, yet Oscar winning, direction.

The end result is entertaining and historically significant, but more episodic than epic, more maudlin than heroic, and definitely more sizzle than steak.


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