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They call itGiantbecause 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
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CastElizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Jane Withers, Carroll Baker
DirectorGeorge Stevens
Screen WriterFred Guiol, Ivan Moffat, Edna Ferber
Runtime:  202 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . August 19, 2007
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Pros: Big     Cons: The James Dean hype     The Bottom Line: I hate the bottom line     I'm officially taking James Dean down from his pedastal now. There's a point where actor worship goes too far, and movie buffs everywhere have long passed it in Dean's case. Dean made three movies in his lifetime - a good movie (East of Eden) an excellent movie (Rebel Without a Cause) and a Saturday Matinee throwaway (Giant). Then he slammed his car …
review by . October 30, 2004
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GIANT stars Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor as Jordan and Leslie Benedict in an epic story about one family's journey to power and respectability. Jordan Benedict is a Texan rancher who travels east searching for horses to ride and cattle to breed. He makes a stop at the Lynnton estate. While there he meets Leslie Lynnton. At first he is amused by her charm and she is infatuated by his good looks and wealth. Soon his amusement grows into love and he asks Leslie to marry him. After a brief honeymoon, …
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