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Featuring James Dean in the final role of his mercurial career, Giant transcends it’s myth-laden reputation to be a key film of the mid-50s. A grand, sprawling epic, it  follows two generations of a Texas cattle family in the years leading up to and following World War II. Rock Hudson plays patriarch Bick opposite Elizabeth Taylor as his new bride Leslie, leading the family ranch through an oil boom against the backdrop of institutional discrimination, here focusing on Mexican immigrants employed by the family. Dean’s Jett Rink troubles the waters while working for Bick’s sister when he becomes enamored with Leslie—leading to inevitable tragedy. In addition to the excellent performances by the three leads, the film builds room for several key supporting roles, including turns by Dennis Hopper, Mercedes McCambridge, Sal Mineo, and Carroll Baker.

Genres: Western, Drama

Other Films by George Stevens

Swing Time

Gambling hoofer Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) leaves his bride standing at the altar one too many times and now must prove himself by going on the road to amass a nest egg worthy of his bride’s (and her father’s) forgiveness. But who knew that along that road, he’d bump into dancing instructor Ginger Rogers—the woman