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George Stevens' sprawling adaptation of Edna Ferber's best-selling novel successfully walks a fine line between potboiler and serious drama for its 210-minute running time, making it one of the few epics of its era that continues to hold up as engrossing entertainment across the decades. Giant opens circa 1922 in Maryland, where Texas rancher Jordan "Bick" Benedict (Rock Hudson) has arrived to buy a stallion called War Winds from its owner, Dr. Horace Lynnton (Paul Fix). But much as Bick loves
Nov 24, 1956 Wide
Jun 10, 2003
Warner Bros. Pictures
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An excellent film which registers strongly on all levels, whether it's in its breathtaking panoramic shots of the dusty Texas plains; the personal, dramatic impact of the story itself, or the resounding message it has to impart.
Much of it is awful, but it's almost impossible not to be taken in by the narrative sprawl.
Stevens' sprawling epic of Texan life, taken from Edna Ferber's novel, strives so hard for Serious Statements that it ends up as a long yawn.
A real movie is big, grand, magnificent and regales you with all the power that movies can wield upon a viewer's imagination and spirit. George Stevens' 1956 production, Giant, is a real movie.
Giant, for all its complexity, is a strong contender for the year's top-film award.
At 202 minutes, it's just too long, yet it has the pull of nostalgia (if you're of a certain age) and sustains its emotional impact as a portrait of a durable marriage.
The combination of director George Stevens and source novelist Edna Ferber, both given to expressions of overblown high seriousness, yields a long, slow, achingly self-important movie.
This ambitious adaptation of the Edna Ferber novel is often touched by greatness, yet it's ultimately too scattershot to satisfactorily maintain its bloated 200-minute running time.
Its deeper themes and superb performances from Taylor, Hudson and Dean make it a classic Hollywood epic.
Dean's last performance is poetry in motion.
Some critics consider Giant to too bloated and sprawling, but by its era's standards, it exposed idelogical cracks in the American Dream, the myth of melting pot, women's allotted place in society.
Old-fashioned life-of-a-family pic that's like nothing you'll see today -- and I mean that in the best way possible.
Overrated, overlong, and marred by some of the worst old age make-up ever seen.
A decent sprawling family epic. Surprised somebody hasn't remade it for television.
Offers a lively portrait of a marriage that weathers all storms and evolves over time into something more than it was at the outset.
Audience Reviews for Giant
- Jett Rink: Im rich... I'mma rich'un.... Imma rich boy. And Imma make more money than you ever thought you could have-you and all the rest of you stinkin son of a Benedicts.
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