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859 Ratings


Directed by George Stevens
United States, 1956
Drama, Romance, Western


Bick Benedict, owner of the sprawling Reata ranch in Texas, travels to Maryland in order to buy horses but also ends up with the daughter (Leslie) of his host as his wife. Bick and Leslie return to Texas and the immense Victorian house that sits isolated in the middle of Reata…

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Giant Directed by George Stevens

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1957 | Winner: Best Director

1957 | 9 nominations including: Best Picture

Directors Guild of America

1957 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Writers Guild of America

1957 | Nominee: Best Written American Drama (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1957 | Winner: Most Promising Newcomer - Female

1957 | 2 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Drama

It’s ambitious, daring and weird in ways that do not call to mind the mid-50s. Based on a 1952 novel by Edna Ferber, the film recounts the life and times of a Texas cattle ranch tycoon and his wife, but in so doing, it looks ahead to the auteur epoch of the 1970s.
December 13, 2016
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Sixty years later, George Stevens’s intimate epic Giant still seems like a wondrous anomaly: sweeping saga of American prosperity that reveals its racist underbelly; glorious star vehicle that upends rigid gender roles; modern western that questions the validity of frontier land ownership.
September 28, 2016
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There are many long, slow dialogue scenes filmed in rather functional, static two-shots or medium shots, suggesting a hard parting from the prose of Edna Ferber’s source novel. But the film is not without its electrifying interludes, most notably a scene with Mercedes McCambridge (playing Bick’s sister Luz who is deeply jealous of Leslie) digging her spurs violently into the side of a horse in a bid to tame it.
April 18, 2014
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