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Giant (1956)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 10, 2003
 R2: 28 Jul 2003

Budget $5,400,000

Running Time
3 hours, 21 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• Giant
• Giganten (1956)



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Genre: Drama, Love Triangle, Melodrama, Love, Doctor, Epic, Marriage, True Story, World War II, Christmas

Tagline: The legendary epic that's as big as Texas.

Plot: Edna Ferber's best-selling family saga was the source of Stevens' sprawling epic, which stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean, in his last film appearance. When Texas cattleman Bick Benedict (Hudson) goes to Virginia in the early 1920s to buy a prize stallion, he falls in love with Leslie Lynnton (Taylor), an aristocratic, independent-minded beauty, and they quickly marry. He takes her back to Reata, his 600,000-acre ranch, where sister Luz (Mercedes McCambridge), the family matriarch, does her best to make Leslie feel unwelcome. Leslie is appalled by the second-class status accorded to women and racist attitudes toward the local Mexicans, neither of which seem to bother her husband. Out of compassion, she befriends surly ranch hand Jett Rink (James Dean), who comes to worship her from afar, envying Bick for both his wealth and his wife. He strikes oil on land bequeathed to him by the deceased Luz and his wealth and power grow apace. As the years pass, the bewildered Bick often finds his children thwarting his wishes and criticizing his beliefs, pushing the millionaire to question his values for the first time in his life. The film's outstanding cast, which also features Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Carroll Baker, Earl Holliman, and Chill Wills, inject vitality into

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 Directed by
George Stevens
Shane, A Place in the Sun, Gunga Din
 Written by
Edna Ferber
Stage Door, Dinner at Eight, Show Boat
Fred Guiol
Duck Soup
 Cast
Elizabeth Taylor
The Flintstones, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Rock Hudson
Pillow Talk, Winchester '73, Seconds
James Dean
Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Trouble Along the Way
Dennis Hopper
Apocalypse Now, Speed, True Romance
Sal Mineo
Rebel Without a Cause, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Exodus
Rod Taylor
The Birds, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Time Machine
Carroll Baker
The Game, Kindergarten Cop, The Big Country
[more]
 Music By
Dimitri Tiomkin
It's a Wonderful Life, Strangers on a Train, High Noon



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