Dir. George Stevens
Giant opens circa 1922 in Maryland, where Texas rancher Jordan “Bick” Benedict (Rock Hudson) has arrived to buy a stallion called War Winds from its owner, Dr. Horace Lynnton (Paul Fix). But much as Bick loves and knows horses, he finds himself even more transfixed by the doctor’s socialite daughter, Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor), and after some awkward moments, she has to admit that she’s equally drawn to the shy, laconic Texan. They are soon married and Bick takes his new wife back to his home state. Once there Leslie meets local handyman Jett (James Dean), who becomes infatuated with her and so begins a tense and long standing rivalry between Jett and Bick.