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Living up to its title, everything in this picture is big, from the running time to the sprawling ranch location and the high-powered stars. Rock Hudson stars as the confident, stubborn young ranch baron Jordan Bick Benedict, who woos and wins the hand of Southern belle Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), a seemingly demure young beauty who proves to be Bicks match after she settles into the family homestead. The film sees James Deans final performance before his tragic death, as poor former ranch hand Jett Rink, who strikes oil and transforms himself into a flamboyant millionaire playboy, earning a second posthumous Academy Award nomination. The talented supporting cast includes Mercedes McCambridge as Bicks frustrated sister, put out by the new woman of the house, and with Carroll Baker and Dennis Hopper as the Benedicts rebellious children.
The film is best remembered for James Dean in what was his third and last screen appearance. He cuts a distinctive figure as Jet Rink, social outcast turned oil tycoon. The bravura of his inebriated speech before an empty banqueting hall would be no less memorable had his career not been curtailed days after shooting ended. The secondary roles are decently taken: look out for a teenage Denis Hopper, sallow but likeable as the gauche Vernon Reata III.
On the DVD: Giant is evenly divided over two discs. Widescreen picture quality is excellent and the remastered soundtrack gives Dimitri Tiomkin's score a new lease of life. A laudable 56 chapter points are provided, with dubbing in English, French and Italian and subtitles in eight languages. A running commentary, though informative, is really for aficionados only, but the 45 minutes (on the second disc) of George Stevens recollections from heavyweights such as Herman J. Mankiewicz, Alan J Pakula and Fred Zinnemann ideally complements this sprawling but often compulsive old-school American movie. --Richard Whitehouse
Great Item - Great Service. Item perfectly packaged. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by David Sproul
filmgoers should enjoy this epic performers top notch . Supplier first class.Published 4 months ago by Brian O'connor
This is NOT the film "GIANT". It is a documentary of the making of the film, with theatrical people blowing their trumpets and pretending they are so clever. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cobber Tom
Giant? Titanic might have been better. Dangerously cumbersome. It's impossible to watch it now except as an artefact, both of manners and manners of filmmaking. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Philoctetes
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