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Return to 'Giant' (2003)

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In the summer of 1955, an army of cameramen, lighting techs and movie stars descended on the small, west Texas town of Marfa to film what has become, "the national movie of Texas."





Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Henley ...
Narrator (voice)
Don Graham ...
Himself - University of Texas
Bryan Woolley ...
Himself - Dallas Morning News
Jake Brisbin ...
Himself - Presidio County Judge
Robert Hinkle ...
Himself (as Bob Hinkle)
Himself (archive footage)
Darlyne Freeman ...
Clay Evans ...
Dan Molina ...
Himself - Son of Crew Member


Legendary director George Stevens comes to west Texas to film Edna Ferber's novel, GIANT. He casts the biggest box office draws of the day, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, then for excitement brings in the newcomer, James Dean. They load up the trains, planes and automobiles and live in Marfa, Texas during the summer of 1955 to film a classic. However, unlike most location shoots, they live among and mingle with the townspeople, and cast many of them as extras. It's a true tale of what happened when Hollywood rubbed up against small-town Texas, and the stories are both funny and poignant. It also features the late Dennis Hopper in his only on-camera recollections of shooting GIANT. Written by Kirby Warnock

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Completed in 1996 (copyright date) by Trans Pecos Productions (us), with thanks to Warner Bros. and George Stevens, Jr. See more »


References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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Good Look Thru the Eyes of the Small People
26 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Return to Giant (2003)

*** (out of 4)

Don Henley (Narrator), Don Graham (University of Texas), Earl Holliman, Bryan Woolley (Dallas Morning News), Carroll Baker, George Stevens, Jr., Dennis Hopper, Fran Bennett and Monte Hale are all featured in new or archival interviews about the mammoth making of GIANT. This is one of two documentaries that have been produced about the making of George Stevens classic and there's no question that this one is the better of the two. Not only do we get the basic Hollywood story of the cast coming together, the script coming together and the director putting it all together but what's most fascinating is getting the story from the locals who had this major motion picture coming to their town. The most interesting interviews come from locals who recall the making of the movie as they saw it. It's made very clear that Stevens enjoyed the locals coming by to watch the filming and apparently he would even invite them into the local theater where he would watch the dailies. One example is Clay Evans whose property was used for the set of the house. We also hear from the Mayor of Marfa, Texas who discusses the state of the city and what it meant for them to have Hollywood come there. Even better than the stories is that we're taken to where much of the film was shot and to my surprise there were several places where the old sets are still standing even though they're in very bad shape today. As with any document on GIANT, there's also talk of the people getting the news that James Dean had been killed. There's also some talk about how most Texans hated the book but they all fell in love with the movie. Fans of the film should really enjoy this documentary because of getting to view it through the eyes of the small people who never appear on the screen.

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