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East of Eden -- Academy Award-winning film features the starring debut of movie idol andlegend James Dean in this riveting drama revolving around twobrothers'love for the same woman.
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John Steinbeck (novel)
Paul Osborn (screen play)
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Release Date:
10 April 1955 (USA) See more »
Of what a girl did . . . what a boy did ... of ecstasy and revenge! See more »
In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Harris ... Abra

James Dean ... Cal Trask

Raymond Massey ... Adam Trask

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Rose Allen ... Townswoman at Carnival (uncredited)
José Arias ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Barbara Baxley ... Nurse (uncredited)
John Beradino ... Coalman at Lettuce Field (uncredited)
Joe Brooks ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Joe (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Charlie - Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Lonny Chapman ... Roy Turner - Automobile Mechanic (uncredited)
George Church ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Draft Board Member (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Bryn Davis ... Townswoman at Carnival (uncredited)
Ray Dawe ... Workman (uncredited)
Anna Dewey ... Townswoman at Carnival (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... City Official at Parade (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Darren Dublin ... Student (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Cliff Fields ... Student (uncredited)
Lloyd Ford ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Man at Boxcar (uncredited)
Nick Franke ... Student (uncredited)
Robert Gardett ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Richard Garrick ... Dr. Edwards (uncredited)
Chief Leonard George ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
John George ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Ruth Gillis ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Halloran ... City Official at Parade (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Official at Parade (uncredited)
Jonathan Haze ... Piscora's Son (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ... English Officer (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Shooting Gallery Concessionaire (uncredited)
Tex Holden ... Townsman (uncredited)
Diane Howe ... Student (uncredited)
Charles Anthony Hughes ... City Official at Parade (uncredited)
Gail Kobe ... Student (uncredited)
Effie Laird ... Townswoman at Carnival (uncredited)
Billy Mahan ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Mike Marienthal ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Frank Mazzola ... Student (uncredited)
Edward McNally ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ken Miller ... Student (uncredited)
Tex Mooney ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Soldier in Train (uncredited)
Robert Morris ... Student (uncredited)
Paul Nichols ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Lettuce Truck Worker (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Coalman at Lettuce Fields / Man at Exercise Class (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Rose - Townswoman at Carnival (uncredited)
Patricia Prest ... Student (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Mickey Roth ... Student (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Helper at Boxcar (uncredited)
Loretta Rush ... Card Dealer (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Milk Bottle Concessionaire at Carnival (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Mr. Piscora (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... City Official at Parade (uncredited)
Bette Treadville ... Madame (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Townsman in Parade / Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Workman (uncredited)
Lillian West ... Townswoman at Carnival (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
Writing credits
John Steinbeck (novel "East of Eden")

Paul Osborn (screen play)

Produced by
Elia Kazan .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord (director of photography) (as Ted McCord)
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (film editor)
Casting by
Harvey Clermont (uncredited)
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Malcolm C. Bert  (as Malcolm Bert)
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
William Wallace (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone (wardrobe designed by)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Robert Ewing .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tillie Starriett .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Don Alvarado .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Alvarado .... assistant director (as Don Page)
Horace Hough .... assistant director
Claude Archer .... third assistant director (uncredited)
C. Carter Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Sweeney .... assistant props (uncredited)
Red Turner .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Everett A. Hughes .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ed McDonald .... recordist (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Albin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Andy Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Classen .... grip (uncredited)
Conrad L. Hall .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ernest Long .... best boy (uncredited)
Charles O'Bannon .... gaffer (uncredited)
William John Ranaldi .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Fred Terso .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oral Johnson .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Hambleton .... color consultant
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Guy Thomajan .... dialogue director
Rhea Burakoff .... secretary: Mr. Kazan (uncredited)
Irva Mae Ross .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (An Elia Kazan Production)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Steinbeck's East of Eden" - USA (complete title)
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Rated PG for thematic elements and some violent content (2005 re-issue)
115 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (35 mm optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (2013) | Finland:K-16 (1955) | Iceland:L | Japan:PG12 (2009) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1955) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-release) (1962) | Switzerland:16 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | UK:AA (1976) (cut) | USA:TV-PG | USA:PG (2005 re-issue) | USA:PG (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:PG (Digital Streaming) | USA:Approved (PCA #17086) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Despite the annoyances and difficulties he faced making East of Eden, Raymond Massey called the role of Adam Trask one of the best parts he ever had on screen and one of the few three-dimensional characters he played in movies.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Sam the sheriff drives Cal home at the beginning of the film in a right-hand drive car.See more »
Abra:[about Cal] Why is he always alone?
Aron Trask:Because he wants to be.
Abra:Nobody *wants* to be alone.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inside Out (2015/I)See more »
Ain't She SweetSee more »


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57 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Simply superb., 5 January 2000
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

Elia Kazan deserved his recent honorary Oscar, no matter what political mistakes he may have made. He deserved it because he is one of the supreme artists of the cinema. His ability to draw superb performances from his actors, is coupled with an astonishing ability to depict these emotional states visually, through the use of camera angles, lighting and symbols. "East of Eden" must be seen in the widescreen format to truly appreciate its visual style. It is arresting, sometimes beautiful and always powerful.

Then there are the performances. James Dean's heartbreaking realization of Cal, consumed by jealousy; Jo Van Fleet's magnificent portrayal of his mother; Richard Davalos (why didn't we see more of him on the screen after this film?) innocent, virginal, doomed; Raymond Massey who has never been better in a multi-layered performance; Burl Ives' commanding police chief - and, as usual in a Kazan film, even the smallest part is played to perfection (who'll forget the girl in the brothel or the nurse at the end?). After seeing the film a few times I really appreciate the performance of Julie Harris too. I once thought her a little too mature for the role - but now I see how her reactions to the events really enhance the emotional impact of those events. Kazan allows her to be in frame during some of the most crucial encounters between Cal and his father - and her face tells a million stories. This is a true "supporting" performance - her performance helping Dean realize Cal. Brava Julie!

I'm a lot older now than when I first saw this film - but I still relate so strongly to the communication breakdown and the need for love between father and son. The improvement of my own relationship with my father makes me see the film differently but with no less emotion. Like all masterpieces this film does not date, we just see it differently as we age. This is undoubtedly one of my top five films. How about a theatrical revival? I have never seen it in a cinema. Remember see it in widescreen - not pan and scan.

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