The legendary epic that's as big as Texas.
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.
Elizabeth Taylor Rock Hudson James Dean Carroll Baker Jane Withers Chill Wills Mercedes McCambridge Dennis Hopper Sal Mineo Rod Taylor Judith Evelyn Earl Holliman Robert Nichols Paul Fix Alexander Scourby Charles Watts Elsa Cárdenas Carolyn Craig Monte Hale Sheb Wooley Mary Ann Edwards Victor Millan Mickey Simpson Pilar Del Rey Maurice Jara Noreen Nash Ray Whitley Napoleon Whiting Fran Bennett Show All…
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Drunk mumbling James Dean! Baby Dennis Hopper! The climactic scene is Rock Hudson fighting a racist guy in a diner! What a picture!
James Dean plays an unrecognizable middle-aged, grey-haired, alcoholic playboy... and it's glorious.
who ever thought a movie called GIANT would be so long?
Stevens is my kind of filmmaker. Liz Taylor shrouded in darkness during her pivotal tiff with Rock Hudson, the long-take of Jamws Dean climbing his newly bequeathed wind turbine, the wide shot of James Dean's final screen moment, broken and alone...
less interested in this as A BIG AMERICAN EPIC than i am in its sweep and pull (if THERE WILL BE BLOOD doesn't negate the former reading, it certainly refines and shades it)... how time is dragged forward and everyone is tugged along like on the other side of a yanked carpet, each decision intended vertically but stretched sideways. i suppose most multi-generational portraits do this, but GIANT…
Utilizes the passage of time as a subversion of mise en scène; begins lost and vast, carried by the winds, and ends within the scrambled, cattle-like maze of Modern Texas; a hotel where entire scenes play out as confined urban recreations of scenes which occurred a couple hours before. Such a sprawling narrative requires some degree of separation, and Stevens finds it in Old/New money, a clash in how individuals feel comfortable and thrive in different sorts of spaces. Just remarkable.
Also: Rock Hudson and James Dean fight in a liquor storage room, and are greeted by the harsh meow of a cat, angry at intruding their space and sprinting offscreen. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will.
As giant and sprawling as the title suggests, but in a rather unexpectedly great way. The fact of the matter is this is one of the best AFI picks I’ve watched in a while, maybe since All About Eve. If nothing else it certainly cements James Dean as one of the greatest American actors of all time if Rebel Without a Cause didn’t do that first. It’s easy to forget that he was working only for five years before his death, partly because some people don’t have this impressive a filmography, up to and including the likes of Giant, in decades of working. Giant is, in general, another one of those movies where I generally just love the vibes—the…
My god, this film turned into an EVENT in my life. I cleared my entire afternoon just to watch it, and it still consumed 7 hours of my day just trying to get through its monstrous 3 hour and 20 minute runtime. But I did it, and here are my thoughts.
Shockingly bold for its time, Giant addresses themes of racism, masculinity, a woman's place in society, and familial drama. None of these themes are ever brushed over lightly— you clearly understand the film's intentions, and even when it got heavy-handed, I still found it commendable.
Looking at the runtime alone, the pacing issue is quite obvious, and the passage of time is very bumpy and awkward. It's even more…
There is a dinner table scene at the beginning of the movie during which they are clearly talking about the size of Rock Hudson's dick and let me tell you....it's Giant.
Renowned for being the final of James Dean’s accredited three films, Giant accounts the family of a Texas cattle rancher with an overarching storyline which stretches over decades, and it registers positively in all categories.
Elizabeth Taylor is electrifying as socialite Leslie Benedict with her steel-like moral integrity when she realises the local Mexican workers' circumstances when the lushness of her hometown of Maryland gives way to the desolate and inhospitable Texas desert after she marries Jordan "Bick" Benedict Jr. (Rock Hudson). Upon her relocation to his ranch, she soon makes the acquaintance of hired man Jett Rink (Dean), who comes to be possessed by an intense admiration for her.
William C. Mellor’s cinematography features plenty of remarkable imagery and…
as much as i love rock hudson, if i’d just married him then rolled up on a ranch where a sweaty james dean and his lithe body were slouching all up against pickup trucks, adjusting his cowboy hat, making bad tea and just being generally messy, i would leave rock so fast
I feel like the following does a great job of representing the spectrum of my sexuality:
1. elizabeth taylor whispering “come on partner, why don’t you kick off your spurs.”
2. james dean with all but the bottom two of his shirt buttons undone, grumbling under his breath while making tea
Jett Rink joins the likes of Cole Trickle and Desolation Williams as one of the most iconic character names in cinema
Giant is an epic, sweeping film that did very well for itself in terms of award recognition, yet a different aspect will be the reason it is remembered. This film was the third and final in the career of James Dean, as it was actually part of his contract that he was not allowed to race cars while in production, so he waited for his final scene to be filmed before going off to do so, dying in a car accident that night. The presence of Dean is something to behold, as he was a man filled with a natural charisma that dominated the frame even when he was a very small aspect of it. A career that seems so…
James Dean in a tall cowboy hat
Love to see a movie star’s silhouette against that wide open Texas sky.
Rock Hudson in his Christmas robe <3 baby face Dennis Hopper <3 Elizabeth Taylor on a horse <3 not being able to understand a single word James Dean says <3
definitely my favorite epic. i couldn't decide who to stare at though
This movie was in fact...Giant. I had to break this one up over a couple days because it is a long one. Although, it was lengthy and had its slow points, it is still a great movie!! Giant is a movie that you have to be patient with and just let it develop because it ends up getting very good as it progresses. The cast is superb! Rock Hudson and Liz Taylor were both great, and of course James Dean was brilliant in this one too! It is quite sad watching this knowing that this was James Dean's last movie. Such an incredible talent taken from us way too soon. RIP James Dean
Seeing an aged James Dean uppercut a baby Dennis Hopper is absolutely surreal
This one is certainly epic in length (it took me three days to watch this) but feels a little aimless for much of its runtime. Bick never really has a discernible desire or goal and we are instead just watching these characters age into their elder years. Your mileage on that may vary. James Dean is incredible in his role, fully disappearing. He embodies being an old man so well; what a ghastly effect. His character’s arc is far more interesting than Bick’s and I had to wonder why Jett wasn’t the main character. It’s like if you made There Will Be Blood but instead of focusing…
You know, for most of this movie I felt completely awful. I hated almost every character, save for Leslie and Jett, and was filled with rage at the hateful ignorance and selfishness of all rich, straight, white Americans. Especially whenever Bitt opened his racist, sexist, privileged, conservative mouth.
But somehow this movie managed to twist it around so at the very last second, I felt triumphant in the feeling that people can genuinely change, and that there’s hope for future generations to do better.
I watched this movie solely for James Dean, as it was the last film of his I had yet to see. Boy did he deliver. It’s astounding how remarkably modern he is in comparison to the…
A very good product for it’s time.
This sweeping story has such a strong moral core that I almost can’t believe it got made!
Elizabeth Taylor’s Leslie is the beating heart of this movie and completely outshines just about everyone with the only contender being James Dean.
I wish this movie would get the 4K treatment because some of these shots and landscapes deserve far more love.
This one’s about taking a train across the country to buy a horse. A movie that feels more like a show.
Just like in my "Rebel Without A Cause" and "East of Eden" review, I still wish James Dean was alive.
“You shoulda shot that fella a long time ago. Now he's too rich to kill.”
Now here’s a film that aims to be as big as Texas herself. I can’t help but fall in love with that kind of ambition. It paved the way for something like There Will Be Blood to knock it out of the park.
Jett Rink is one of the largest figures I’ve seen built up on a cinema screen. Also maybe my favorite character name in all of fiction.
Subtitle of this movie: "The most 'this was definitely made in 1950s America' film ever made."
There is nothing like a grandiose George Stevens wide shot of the Texas plains though. Clearly PTA cribbing a bit from the best for TWBB, and if you are going to steal inspiration, it might as well be from Stevens.
They do everything big in Texas and this movie is no exception. Jordan “Bick” Benedict is a wealthy rancher who owns 1,000,000 acres of land and it’s one of the most successful cattle ranchers in Texas, boasting 50,000 head of cattle. He travels East to purchase a horse and falls in love with the seller’s daughter, Leslie, whom he marries. Bick is so rich that his ranch is 50 miles away from the train stop that bears his name. And in true Texas style the film is populated with characters out of central casting. And yet one character is not, Jett Rink. Jett’s a ranch hand who has a grudge on his shoulder, feeling that he is just a little…
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