Giant (1956)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: November 24, 1956
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Serena Donadoni
Village Voice

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Much of it is awful, but it's almost impossible not to be taken in by the narrative sprawl.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Giant, for all its complexity, is a strong contender for the year's top-film award.

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TV Guide

Like the title says.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A film that lives up to its title, truly grand in scope and (unfortunately) in length. Though it's beautiful to look at and though the acting -… More
Conner Rainwater
It might not be one of the greatest movies ever made, but it's sure important. While it might appear to be a love story on the outer shell, this is really… More
Chris Weber
George Stevens is lucky he made this when he did, since I doubt he'd have been able to get away with making a film that favored storytelling over running… More
Jennifer Xu
Epic love stories have to be really tightly strung for me to completely feel it, and Giant does a pretty good job with it. James Dean is excellent, as is Liz… More
Reid Volk
A brave, and epic film for its time. You cannot help but be amazed by its bold message, it's strong acting, and the amount of issues he tackles in this… More
Ken Stachnik
Really long and occasionally brilliant, this production lives up to it's name in the scale of the story alone. James Dean's best overall performance.