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Giant [Blu-ray Boxset] [DigiBook]

  • G
  • Blu-ray
  • 3 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Edna Ferber's best-selling family saga was the source of Stevens' sprawling epic, which stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean, in his last film appearance. When Texas cattleman Bick Benedict (Hudson) goes to Virginia in the early 1920s to buy a prize stallion, he falls in love with Leslie Lynnton (Taylor), an aristocratic, independent-minded beauty, and they quickly marry. He takes her back to Reata, his 600,000-acre ranch, where sister Luz (Mercedes McCambridge), the family matriarch, does her best to make Leslie feel unwelcome. Leslie is appalled by the second-class status accorded to women and racist attitudes toward the local Mexicans, neither of which seem to bother her husband. Out of compassion, she befriends surly ranch hand Jett Rink (James Dean), who comes to worship her from afar, envying Bick for both his wealth and his wife. He strikes oil on land bequeathed to him by the deceased Luz and his wealth and power grow apace. As the years pass, the bewildered Bick often finds his children thwarting his wishes and criticizing his beliefs, pushing the millionaire to question his values for the first time in his life. The film's outstanding cast, which also features Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Carroll Baker, Earl Holliman, and Chill Wills, inject vitality into a project that occasionally suffers from longueurs.

    Academy Awards Best Director 1956 George Stevens American director/producer, SWING TIME (1936), GIANT (1956)

  • Credits
    Rock Hudson, Roy Scherer, Roy Fitzgerald, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Liz Taylor, Mercedes McCambridge, Carlotta Mercedes Agnes McCambridge, Chill Wills, Sal Mineo, Jane Withers, Carroll Baker, Caroll Baker, Dennis Hopper, Rod Taylor, Rodney Taylor, Judith Evelyn, Earl Holliman, Alexander Scourby, Paul Fix
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Marvel at James Dean and the still-vibrant performances of Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor....A true epic..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...It dazzles with late Golden Era star performances....A classic of its era..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Dean turns in a performance that shows what a gifted and influential actor we lost with his death..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...With improved color, sound and a letterboxed image, the Texas blockbuster that won George Stevens Sr. the Oscar for direction looks better than it ever has in a home viewing format..."
    USA Today

    "...[With] genuinely striking images of galloping horses, gushing oil, and drunken brawls in the liquor cellar..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[A] well-acted all-American epic..."
    Total Film

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