Giant Overview:

Giant (1956) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by George Stevens and produced by George Stevens and Henry Ginsberg.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Edna Ferber published in 1952.

SYNOPSIS

This fabled family saga follows the lives and loves of a wealthy Texan rancher and a cowpoke who strikes it rich in the Texas oil fields. Rich with the period's greatest actors, including not only Dean's last performance and Taylor and Hudson in top form, but also support from McCambridge, Hopper, Baker, and Mineo. Dean's performance as a prosperous former ranch hand with an attachment to his former boss's wife (Taylor) has become legendary. The 40th anniversary enhanced version includes a restored soundtrack and color as well as 60 minutes of archival footage, a special introduction from the director, and the original theatrical trailer. The deluxe boxed set includes George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey, a full-length documentary about the acclaimed director. The Limited Collector's Edition includes a 72-page book.

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Giant was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2005.

Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJames DeanNominated
Best ActorRock HudsonNominated
Best Supporting ActressMercedes McCambridgeNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Ralph S. HurstNominated
Best Costume DesignMoss Mabry, Marjorie BestNominated
Best DirectorGeorge StevensWon
Best Film EditingWilliam Hornbeck, Philip W. Anderson, Fred BohananNominated
Best Music - ScoringDimitri TiomkinNominated
Best PictureGeorge Stevens and Henry Ginsberg, ProducersNominated
Best WritingFred Guiol, Ivan MoffatNominated
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'Stand Tall!' takes a (virtual) giant step

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Pre-Code Crazy: The Little Giant (1933)

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Book Review: CARL DENHAM'S GIANT MONSTERS

By Dan Day, Jr. on Jul 10, 2019 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Frank Dello Stritto's CARL DENHAM'S GIANT MONSTERS is a follow up to his magnificent book A WEREWOLF REMEMBERS: THE TESTAMENT OF LAWRENCE STEWART TALBOT. Both volumes are "biographies" of famous fantastic film characters. CARL DENHAM'S GIANT MONSTERS covers the life of the man who captured King Kon... Read full article


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Quotes from

Jett Rink: You sure do look pretty, Miss Leslie. Pert nigh good enough to eat!


Leslie Benedict: Money isn't everything, Jett.
Jett Rink: Not when you've got it.


Jordan 'Bick' Benedict: You want to know something, Leslie? If I live to be ninety, I will never figure you out.


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Facts about

It was the highest grossing film in Warner Bros. history until the release of Superman.
Before Elizabeth Taylor accepted it, the role of Leslie was offered to Grace Kelly.
When Rock Hudson was cast, director George Stevens asked him whom he preferred as his leading lady, 'Grace Kelly' or Elizabeth Taylor. Hudson picked Elizabeth Taylor, who was cast in the film and ended up becoming lifelong friends with Hudson.
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