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Based on the Edna Ferber novel, this epic saga covers two generations of a wealthy Texas cattle baron (Hudson) who marries a strong-willed Virginia woman (Taylor) and takes her to live on his vast ranch. It explores the problems they have adjusting to life together, as well as the politics and prejudice of the time. Dean plays the resentful ranch hand (who secretly loves Taylor) who winds up striking oil and beginning a fortune to rival that of his former boss. Dean's last movie--he died in a car crash shortly before filming was completed.

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Available on Running time 201 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Marriage, Farm Livin', Black Gold, Top Grossing Films of 1956, Books to Film: Edna Ferber, Texas, Family Drama
Ivan Moffat, Fred Guiol
Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Chill Wills, Dennis Hopper, Rod Taylor, Earl Holliman, Jane Withers, Sal Mineo, Mercedes McCambridge
William Mellor
George Stevens
Warner Bros.


Oscars 1956: Director (Stevens); AFI 1998: Top 100; Directors Guild 1956: Director (Stevens), Natl. Film Reg. 2005.

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