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Giant

(DVD - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Giant


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Bick Benedict, his society-gilded wife and three generations of land-rich Texas sons and daughters love, swagger, connive and clash in a monumental drama of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly-rich oil tycoons.
Uniform Title: Giant (Motion picture)
Title: Giant
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, c2003.
Edition: Widescreen, two-disc special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (201 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: DVD special features: disc 1. feature-length audiodocumentary by film critic Stephen Farber, screenwriter Ivan Moffat and George Stevens Jr., introduction by George Stevens Jr., documentary George Stevens: Filmmakers who knew him, interactive menus, scene access; disc 2. documentaries Memories of Giant and Return to Giant, in which cast, crew and Texans spin small and tall tales about the film's legacy, New York premiere TV special Hollywood premiere featurette, project kickoff newsreel, behind the cameras segments, original/reissue theatrical trailers, extensive production notes, production stills and documents galleries, interactive menus, director filmography, awards notes, documentary, scene access.
Originally released in 1956 as a motion picture.
Based on the novel "Giant" by Edna Ferber.
Summary: Bick Benedict, his society-gilded wife and three generations of land-rich Texas sons and daughters love, swagger, connive and clash in a monumental drama of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly-rich oil tycoons.
Audience: MPAA rating G.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Award Best Director (Stevens), 1956
Additional Contributors: Tiomkin, Dimitri - 1894-1979
Fix, Paul - 1901-1983.
Evelyn, Judith - 1913-1967.
Hopper, Dennis - 1936-2010
Mineo, Sal - 1939-1976
McCambridge, Mercedes
Wills, Chill - 1902-1978.
Withers, Jane - 1926-
Baker, Carroll - 1931-
Dean, James - 1931-1955.
Hudson, Rock - 1925-1985.
Taylor, Elizabeth - 1932-2011
Ferber, Edna - 1887-1968.
Guiol, Fred - 1898-1964.
Moffat, Ivan
Ginsberg, Henry
Stevens, George - 1904-1975
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Warner Bros
Giant Productions (Firm)
ISBN: 0790771489
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Report This Feb 26, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I doubt this movie would have the status it does if it weren't James Dean's last movie. He died in a car crash shortly before filming ended and this is the third of the three films he made. Based on Edna Ferber's novel, "Giant" lives up to its name; it's a sprawling, somewhat unwieldy saga of a Texas cattle family torn between their agrarian past and the oil-rich future. Coming in at 3 hours and change, it's a bit too long and slow in part. That said, it has three iconic actors as the leads, some great use of the Texas landscape (I"m sure it would look better on the big screen) and some still relevant themes. Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean are all good in their roles, although it's odd to see them age, especially Dean, playing a character older than he would ever live to be. His transformation into a drunken, arrogant millionaire (with shades of Howard Hughes) is not terribly convincing. Dennis Hopper and Sal Mineo have small parts and they were also with Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause." The ending is kinda stupid. Directed by George Stevens, who also did "A Place in the Sun" and "Shane."

Report This Sep 12, 2013
  • Palomino rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Don't forget to flip the DVD over and watch the 2nd half of the film! Obviously this is dated, but I liked it, even though something awful happens to the horse. The characters grow up to be better, more humane people.

Report This Mar 18, 2013
  • Parineeta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

EPIC!

An overly long, plodding movie with little to recommend it.

Report This Nov 16, 2009
  • AS1987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

George Steven's grandest epic!

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