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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 ... Himself - University of Texas
Earl Holliman ... Himself
Bryan Woolley Bryan Woolley ... Himself - Dallas Morning News
Carroll Baker ... Herself
George Stevens Jr. ... Himself
Jake Brisbin Jake Brisbin ... Himself - Presidio County Judge
Robert Hinkle Robert Hinkle ... Himself (as Bob Hinkle)
Dennis Hopper ... Himself
Fran Bennett ... Herself
Monte Hale ... Himself
Rock Hudson ... Himself (archive footage)
Darlyne Freeman Darlyne Freeman ... Herself
Clay Evans Clay Evans ... Himself
Dan Molina Dan Molina ... Himself - 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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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD for Giant (1956), released in 2003. See more »


References Broken Lance (1954) See more »

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Good mix of production history, anecdotes, and the film's legacy
21 October 2017 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

Interesting documentary about the filming of the George Steven's "Giant." The documentary is likely of no interest to people who aren't already fans of the "Giant," but if you are a fan, it's a treat to see pretty much all living cast and crew member interviewed, along with townsfolk from the small Texas town where this American film classic was shot. There's a nice mix of production history, interesting anecdotes, and the movie's place in the pantheon of cinema.

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