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Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers Director: George Stevens Rating: Unrated Features: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Extra tracks, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC Number of Discs: 2 Running Time: 201 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Release Date: May 31, 2005 Theatrical Release Date: November 24, 1956 Studio: Warner Home Video
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Giant is a movie of huge scale and grandeur in which three generations of land-rich Texans love, swagger, connive and clash in a saga of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly rich oil tycoons. It's also one of the most beloved works of director George Stevens, who won an Academy AwardO* for this film, one of 10 Oscar nominations** the film earned.
They call it Giant because everything in this picture is big, from the generous running time more than 200 minutes to the sprawling ranch location a horizon-to-horizon plain with a lonely, modest mansion dropped in the middle to the high-powered stars. Stocky Rock Hudson stars as the confident, stubborn young ranch baron Bick Benedict, who woos and wins the hand of Southern belle Elizabeth Taylor, a seemingly demure young beauty who proves to be Hudson's match after she settles into the family homestead. For many the film is chiefly remembered for James Dean's final performance, as poor former ranch hand Jett Rink, who strikes oil and transforms himself into a flamboyant millionaire playboy. Director George Stevens won his second Oscar for this ambitious, grandly realized if sometimes slow moving epic of the changing socioeconomic and physical landscape of modern Texas, based on Edna Ferber's bestselling novel. The talented supporting cast includes Mercedes McCambridge as Bick's frustrated sister, put out by the new "woman of the house"; Chill Wills as the Benedicts' garrulous rancher neighbor; Carroll Baker and Dennis Hopper as the Benedicts' rebellious children; and Earl Holliman and Sal Mineo as dedicated ranch hands. --Sean Axmaker