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Return to 'Giant' (2003)

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In the summer of 1955, an army of cameramen, lighting techs and movie stars descended on the small, west Texas town of Marfa to film what has become, "the national movie of Texas."


Jim Brennan


Kirby Warnock




Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Henley ... Narrator (voice)
Don Graham Don Graham ... Self - University of Texas
Earl Holliman ... Self
Bryan Woolley Bryan Woolley ... Self - Dallas Morning News
Carroll Baker ... Self
George Stevens Jr. ... Self
Jake Brisbin Jake Brisbin ... Self - Presidio County Judge
Robert Hinkle Robert Hinkle ... Self (as Bob Hinkle)
Dennis Hopper ... Self
Fran Bennett ... Self
Monte Hale ... Self
Rock Hudson ... Self (archive footage)
Darlyne Freeman Darlyne Freeman ... Self
Clay Evans Clay Evans ... Self
Dan Molina Dan Molina ... Self - Son of Crew Member


Legendary director George Stevens comes to west Texas to film Edna Ferber's novel, GIANT. He casts the biggest box office draws of the day, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, then for excitement brings in the newcomer, James Dean. They load up the trains, planes and automobiles and live in Marfa, Texas during the summer of 1955 to film a classic. However, unlike most location shoots, they live among and mingle with the townspeople, and cast many of them as extras. It's a true tale of what happened when Hollywood rubbed up against small-town Texas, and the stories are both funny and poignant. It also features the late Dennis Hopper in his only on-camera recollections of shooting GIANT. Written by Kirby Warnock

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The second best 'making of' featurette on the disc
7 August 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

There are two different 'making of' featurettes on the accompanying disc for "Giant". The first, "Memories of 'Giant'", is the best because it spent less time talking about the production and more talking about what the actors thought of each other and how they spent their time together during their off time in the middle of rural Texas. To me, that was great. But the more traditional featurette is "Return to 'Giant'" and it's pretty typical of one of these films--no better and no worse. There were some lovely things I learned--such as how the director, George Stevens, encouraged the locals to watch and often participate in filming--as well as how he previewed each day's rushes with any local who wanted to view it in their local theater. Not a must-see but certainly well worth your time--particularly if you love and appreciate "Giant". The only misgiving I have is that quite a few of the interviews on this film are ALSO in the other--making seeing both less imperative.

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