East of Eden (1955)
Front Cover Actor
James Dean Cal Trask
Raymond Massey Adam Trask
Julie Harris Abra
Burl Ives Sam the Sheriff
Richard Davalos Aron Trask
Jo Van Fleet Kate
Albert Dekker Will Hamilton
Lois Smith Anne
Harold Gordon Gustav Albrecht
Nick Dennis Rantani
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Elia Kazan
Producer Elia Kazan
Writer Paul Osborn; John Steinbeck
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 1 hr 55 mins
Country USA
Color Color
East of Eden is an acknowledged classic, and the starring debut of James Dean lifts it to legendary status. John Steinbeck's novel gave director Elia Kazan a perfect Cain-and-Abel showcase for Dean's iconic screen persona, casting the brooding star as Cal, the younger of two brothers vying for the love of their Bible-thumping father (Raymond Massey) in Monterey, California, at the dawn of World War I. Massey is a lettuce farmer, striving for market domination with an ill-fated refrigeration scheme. Having discovered that his presumed-dead mother (Oscar® winner Jo Van Fleet) is a brothel owner in nearby Salinas, Cal convinces her to finance an investment that will restore his father's lost fortune, but neither money nor the tenderness of his brother's fiancée (Julie Harris) can assuage Cal's anguished need for paternal acceptance that comes nearly too late. Kazan's oblique camera angles and Dean's tortured emoting may seem extreme by latter-day standards, but their theatrics make East of Eden a timeless tale of family secrets and hard-won affection. --Jeff Shannon
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Index 1547
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/8/05
Purchase Price $20.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
Folder 013
Product Details
Edition (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 012569705913
Release Date 5/31/05
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen