Directed By: George Stevens Starring: James Dean Rock Hudson

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Sprawling epic covering the life of a texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.


Studio Warner
SKU 40710787
UPC 012569706903
UPC 14 00012569706903
Format DVD
Release Date 11/8/2011
Rating NR
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Love Triangle
Personal Triumph
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 a project that occasionally suffers from longueurs.
Plot Summary
Summary An epic examination of the American dream, played out on the spacious, mythic Texas landscape. The story charts Texas's evolution from ranching state to oil capital. In addition, the film explores issues of race relations.| A young cattle baron marries a well-bred Maryland beauty and transplants her to a rustic ranch. The new bride, Leslie Benedict, quickly learns about the divisions between the Americans and the Mexicans, between the privileged and the poor. Her husband retains these prejudices even when his son marries a Mexican-American nurse. Leslie also must contend with a ranchhand who loves her from afar, and who despises her husband's wealth. When the ranchhand strikes oil and also becomes rich, he still fails to win either Leslie or the town's respect.
Rolling Stone "...Marvel at James Dean and the still-vibrant performances of Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor....A true epic..." 10/03/1996 p.78
Los Angeles Times "...It dazzles with late Golden Era star performances....A classic of its era..." 09/27/1996 p.F10
Chicago Sun-Times "...Dean turns in a performance that shows what a gifted and influential actor we lost with his death..." 10/04/1996 p.35
USA Today "...With improved color, sound and a letterboxed image, the Texas blockbuster that won George Stevens Sr. the Oscar for direction looks better than it ever has in a home viewing format..." 03/19/1999 p.11E
Entertainment Weekly "...[With] genuinely striking images of galloping horses, gushing oil, and drunken brawls in the liquor cellar..." 06/13/2003 p.79-80
Total Film "...[A] well-acted all-American epic..." 08/01/2003 p.122
George Stevens
James Dean
Rock Hudson
Cast & Crew
Carroll Baker - Actor
Dimitri Tiomkin - Musical Score
Edna Ferber - Based on Novel By
Elizabeth Taylor - Actor
Fred Guiol - Screenplay
George Stevens - Director
Henry Ginsberg - Producer
Ivan Moffat - Screenplay
James Dean - Actor
Marjorie Best - Costume Designer
Moss Mabry - Costume Designer
Rock Hudson - Actor
William C. Mellor - Director of Photography
William Hornbeck - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1956
Catalog ID 70690
UPC 00012569706903
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.66:1
Oscar (1957) George Stevens, Winner, Best Director,James Dean, Nominee, Best Actor,Rock Hudson, Nominee, Best Actor,Ralph S. Hurst, Boris Leven, Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Marjorie Best, Moss Mabry, Nominee, Best Costume Design, Color,Henry Ginsberg, George Stevens, Jr., Nominee, Best Picture
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review Giant...offers extensive pleasures - it had better, at 201 minutes - not the least of which i
Reviewer Walter Adiego
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Special Edition
Product Attributes
Actor Dean,James
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Chicago Daily News As intimate as a letter from home, Giant is a masterwork.
San Francisco Examiner ...It's a joy to watch [James Dean] employ the Method to create a character that's both vulnerable and hard-edged.
TIME, 1956 The most effective declaration against racial intolerance ever shown on the screen. Best Picture of the Year.

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