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Giant (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 24 November 1956 (USA)
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sir David Karfrey (as Rodney Taylor)
Robert Nichols ...


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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Plot Keywords:

epic | ranch | rancher | land | texas | See All (342) »


Jett Rink was made to get to the top -- so he could have the fun of falling all the way down. See more »


Drama | Western


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Release Date:

24 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gigante  »

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Box Office


$5,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,649 (USA) (22 September 1996)


$35,000,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rock Hudson, in a later interview, claimed that when he viewed the film for the first time with an audience, he was booed throughout, but when the audience cheered him in the diner scene he realized the reaction was to his character and not to his abilities as an actor. See more »


Near the end, Bick knocks over a shelf of wine bottles, causing a cascade of shelves knocking the next one over. The scene cuts to Jett and you can hear a large number of shelves falling over. However, when the scene cuts back to Bick exiting, there are only three shelves (with the third leaning against the wall), and the other "shelves" behind are just a set painting. See more »


Luz Benedict: [Mounted on War Winds] Suppose you came out here to show me how to run things to. Well let's go!
[She grits her teeth and slaps her sharp spurs into War Winds flanks as hard as she can to enrage the stallion]
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Crazy Credits

There are no cast and crew credits given at the end of the film. Just the words "The End" and a final slide for George Stevens and Warner Bros. See more »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 9 December 1956 (1956) See more »


Would You Believe Me?
(1947) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Heindorf and M.K. Jerome
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"Money isn't everything, Jett."
30 December 2016 | by (Bosnia) – See all my reviews

GIANT is an epic drama in the western style. some very sensitive and provocative themes are covered through the film story. The dramatic and complex story has a direct impact on the duration of the film.

The epic story of the life of a Texas landowner, his family and his associates.

The story is shocking, through it runs a rather vivid and colorful drama and epilogue is insecure tragic. The impressive and magnificent scenery is decorated with a passion of human relations in a "hot" and tense atmosphere.

The main theme of this film is the family. How many external influences and drama can change a man in relation to his family and the world around him? Oil is completely confused lifestyle of farmers and landowners. However, it has changed the tradition and certain family values. The money finally got an ally. Topics are related to each other. Love in this film is a sudden, in some cases even inappropriate. It is on the constant examination in relation to tradition, racism, wealth or generational conflict. Family passions and drama becomes a bit vulgar towards the end of the film. Petroleum revolution is being represented with a certain amount of irony and idiocy. A capable man can earn big money, but he will eventually be left alone with his personal frustrations and a half-empty bottle of liquor. Racism against Mexican Americans is presented as a sub-theme, until it becomes part of the family drama.

Rock Hudson as Jordan "Bick" Benedict Jr. is stubborn, perverse and polite at the same time. His character is growing in every way and finally modesty emerges as the greatest virtue. Elizabeth Taylor as Leslie Lynnton Benedict is a beautiful and capable woman. The woman who crashed family and traditional taboos and gracefully aged. Her character is the most important thread in this film. Her performance, full of love, loyalty and respect has changed her environment in this film.

James Dean as Jett Rink is an eccentric and awkward rancher who becomes an oil baron. He is an unusual and a cunning villain. It is difficult to distinguish between the things that he does for personal rebellion and those that he does out of traditional spite. What makes the difference between Bick and Jett has a name and is called Leslie.

The film definitely takes a long time, but I think that everyone can enjoy in the hot Texas plains and dramatic plots.

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