Giant

Giant

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Based on Edna Ferber's epic novel of a wealthy Texas cattle rancher who marries a strong-willed Virginia woman and the problems they encounter with politics and prejudices of the time. Bonus features include multiple documentaries.

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ba_library
Mar 23, 2017

A really, really loooong movie (3 1/2 hours!) I've been having a James Dean retrospective (he only made three movies!) and he was excellent in this film. Rock Hudson was also great (I usually think of him acting in Doris Day movies) and Elizabeth Taylor also very good. Not really sure what the message was meant to be when it was made in the 1950s. Watching today, it covers sexism (you're my wife, shut up and do as I say even though I know you are intelligent). Racism, most of the Mexican-Americans are referred to as wetbacks and are only servants even though some of them were eventually family members in the movie. Class-ism - rich v. poor, born with money v. self made. So, it covers a lot a subjects, makes you wonder if it would have played better a multi-part miniseries or if it should have been edited down to make the story tighter, but like most things in Texas it is GIANT.

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swyckl
Nov 10, 2016

I recommend this DVD. Giant is a classical 1950's movie. The attitudes of the characters reflect the 1940-1950's society attitudes and approach to life. The story is strong. It is not too violent for children to watch. It is slow moving. It represents how the rich get rich by stepping on the poor. The rich in the plot have little respect or regard for the poor or servants. They treat them less than human. They justify this by calling it tradition to follow. They are insecure and feel inferior. They look for continuous external confirmation to being superior by being abusing others. They create an invisible caste system. I was appalled how people were treated. This movie has that moral lesson in the story. The actors did a great job.

d2013 May 15, 2016

Excellent movie, long but worthwhile!

C20T11 Nov 19, 2015

Amazing Movie.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MissyJayne
Nov 12, 2015

This is a very beautiful film with what has to be one of the most beautiful casts of all time, but it is just too long! However, I do wonder if it would be different if I watched in the theatre for 3 hours straight instead of the interruption of switching the disc over. This is my mother's all time favourite movie but I just can't feel the same. Also, the copy from the hpl is in horrible condition! It doesn't make for smooth viewing.

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athena14
Aug 13, 2015

Amusing to watch the camera work around for height differences. Rock Hudson was 6'4" while Elizabeth Taylor was 5'3."

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 28, 2015

Kind of long - but good fun.
no doubt better on the big screen. The historical Texas oil/agrarian economic change backdrop was interesting.

Now I've finished my James Dean watch. Great actor!

And It was interesting to see how they added dyed grey hair with blue tinge to age the actors.

Also fun to see Sal Mineo in his cameo as a "wetback".

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garycornell
Sep 10, 2014

The best picture you will ever see with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. Director George Stevens backed them up with such fine character actors as Carroll Baker, Chill Wills, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor and Earl Holliman. The story comes from Edna Ferber's great novel "Giant". Director George Stevens only worked with the best cinematographers and in the case of "Giant" it was William Mellor. You feel the size of Texas through his camera lens. You feel the love of Elizabeth Taylor or the jealousy of James Dean through his lens. "Giant" defines the term "Epic Movie". It runs 201 minutes and it seems to fly on by. The movie just couldn't be any better. You won't regret checking "Giant" out from the KCLS.!

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hoacornell
Jun 06, 2014

Giant is a perfect description of this movie. We have Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. Now there is a cast of the century! Rock Hudson is tough but so is James Dean and the two don't get along. I loved every minute of this movie and even have a copy of the movie poster hanging in my house. I told you, I LIKE THIS MOVIE?

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Palomino
Sep 12, 2013

Don't forget to flip the DVD over and watch the 2nd half of the film! Obviously this is dated, but I liked it, even though something awful happens to the horse. The characters grow up to be better, more humane people.

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