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Giant (10-Oct-1956)

Director: George Stevens

Writers: Fred Guiol; Ivan Moffat

From novel: Giant by Edna Ferber

Music Composed and Conducted by: Dimitri Tiomkin

Producers: George Stevens; Henry Ginsberg

Keywords: Drama, Texas

Rock Hudson and his sister Mercedes McCambridge inherit a sprawling Texas ranch of over half million acres. Hudson travels to Maryland to buy a prize horse, but returns with a wife, Elizabeth Taylor. James Dean plays a ranch hand with unrequited love for Taylor; he is bequeathed land by McCambridge upon her death and strikes oil. Won Oscar for Best Director; received nominations for 9 others including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, and two for Best Actor.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Carroll Baker
28-May-1931   Baby Doll
Carolyn Craig
27-Oct-1934 12-Dec-1970 House on Haunted Hill
James Dean
8-Feb-1931 30-Sep-1955 Lived fast, died young
Paul Fix
13-Mar-1901 14-Oct-1983 Marshal Torrance on The Rifleman
Earl Holliman
11-Sep-1928   The Rainmaker
Dennis Hopper
17-May-1936 29-May-2010 Apocalypse Now
Rock Hudson
17-Nov-1925 2-Oct-1985 Ice Station Zebra
Mercedes McCambridge
17-Mar-1916 2-Mar-2004 All the King's Men
Sal Mineo
10-Jan-1939 12-Feb-1976 Dies in Rebel Without A Cause
Noreen Nash
4-Apr-1924   The Southerner
Alexander Scourby
13-Nov-1913 22-Feb-1985 Stage, radio, and film actor
Elizabeth Taylor
27-Feb-1932 23-Mar-2011 Cleopatra
Rod Taylor
11-Jan-1930 7-Jan-2015 The Time Machine
Chill Wills
18-Jul-1903 15-Dec-1978 The Alamo
Jane Withers
12-Apr-1926   Once-superstar child actor
Sheb Wooley
10-Apr-1921 17-Sep-2003 The Purple People Eater


Elizabeth Taylor   ...   Leslie Benedict
Rock Hudson   ...   Bick Benedict
James Dean   ...   Jett Rink
And Presenting
Carroll Baker   ...   Luz Benedict II
Also Starring
Jane Withers   ...   Vashti Snythe
Chill Wills   ...   Uncle Bawley
Mercedes McCambridge   ...   Luz Benedict
Dennis Hopper   ...   Jordan Benedict III
Sal Mineo   ...   Angel Obregon II
Rod Taylor   ...   Sir David Karfrey
Judith Evelyn   ...   Mrs. Nancy Lynnton
Earl Holliman   ...   Bob Dace
Robert Nichols   ...   Pinky Snythe
Paul Fix   ...   Dr. Horace Lynnton
Alexander Scourby   ...   Old Polo
Fran Bennett   ...   Judy Benedict
Charles Watts   ...   Whiteside
Elsa Cardenas   ...   Juana
Carolyn Craig   ...   Lacey Lynnton
Monte Hale   ...   Bale Clinch
Sheb Wooley   ...   Gabe Target
Mary Ann Edwards   ...   Adarene Clinch
Victor Millan   ...   Angel Obregon I
Mickey Simpson   ...   Sarge
Pilar Del Rey   ...   Mrs. Obregon
Maurice Jara   ...   Dr. Guerra
Noreen Nash   ...   Lona Lane
Ray Whitley   ...   Watts
Napoleon Whiting   ...   Swazey


Review by anonymous (posted on 3-Jul-2006)

A grand old 1950's epic about the myth that many thought was really Texas. Has all the braggadocio you would expect, great acting (just look at the all-star cast listing, including James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson), and interesting storylines, two of which are actually pivotal in real Texas history - ranchers versus oil men and racial prejudice. Settle in for a long evening with this movie and enjoy the tale of "the Riata" in the first half of the 20th Century!

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