Giant – Required Viewing

Giant is one of my all time favorite films, it has Elizabeth, Rock and James as three of the main reasons. It also has Caroll Baker Sal Mineo and Dennis Hopper in it, which makes it all the more attractive to me. The scenery, the dialogue, it really is just everything you could possibly want in a film. Do yourself a favor and watch Giant when you get a chance, you won’t regret it.

Name: Giant
Directed by: George Stevens
Produced by: George Stevens, Henry Ginsbers
Screenplay by: Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat
Based on: Giant 1952 novel by Edna Ferber
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Sal Mineo, Dennis Hopper
Music by: Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography: William C. Mellor
Release dates: October 10, 1956 (New York City), November 24, 1956 (United States)
Running time: 201 minutes
Budget: $5.4 million
Box office: $39 million


Giant is a 1956 American drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from the novel by Edna Ferber. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean and features Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Elsa Cardenas and Earl Holliman. Giant was the last of James Dean’s three films as a leading actor, and earned him his second and last Academy Award nomination – he was killed in a car accident before the film was released. Nick Adams was called in to do some voice-over dubbing for Dean’s role.


In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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  1. Check out the PBS documentary, “The Children of Giant.” I was able to visit Marfa, Texas for the 50th Anniversary of the film GIANT. Met Earl Holliman & Jane Withers. Those I met in Marfa who worked on the film are in the documentary. I highly recommend!


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