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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.
East of Eden -- Open-ended Trailer from Warner Bros.

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Director:
Writers:
John Steinbeck (novel)
Paul Osborn (screen play)
Contact:
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Release Date:
10 April 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Of what a girl did . . . what a boy did ... of ecstasy and revenge! See more »
Plot:
A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(286 articles)
User Reviews:
Perhaps the best of the three? See more (173 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Lydia Guerrero ... The Mexican Girl (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)
Sid Troy ... Townsman at Carnival (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)
 
Stunts
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)
Distributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Steinbeck's East of Eden" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements and some violent content (2005 re-issue)
Runtime:
115 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
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)
Certification:
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 | Singapore:PG | 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 (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:PG (Digital Streaming) | USA:Approved (PCA #17086) | USA:PG (certificate #41629) (2005 re-issue) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Early in 1954, while they were still working on the script, Paul Osborn suggested to Elia Kazan that he go see James Dean, attracting much attention for his small role in Andre Gide's The Immoralist on the New York stage. Kazan was familiar with Dean from the Actors Studio, the famous theatrical training ground Kazan had founded. The two had even worked briefly on a small project there. Kazan didn't think much of Dean but, responding to a quality he thought might be right for the part of Cal, decided to call him in to the Warner Brothers office. He said Dean just sat there surly and unresponsive. Unable to carry on an articulate conversation, Dean offered Kazan a ride on his motorcycle. It was a risky and harrowing experience Kazan regretted agreeing to, but he also realized right then that he had his Cal. He sent Dean to meet Steinbeck. The author's reply after the meeting was that he didn't like Dean personally but "He's it!" Dean gave notice to the producers of The Immoralist and was out of the play in two weeks.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Cal is leaving Kate's office, we can hear the doorknob, but in the mirror on the wall we cannot see him.See more »
Quotes:
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 Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey MineSee more »

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70 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps the best of the three?, 2 November 2003
Author: blackitty2 from Hattiesburg, MS

I recently purchased this film, having never seen it before, and feeling somewhat peeved at the fact that it is never shown on TCM. Immediately, I recognized it as one of the best films ever made. The adaptation from the very dense and wonderful Steinbeck novel obviously required much of the relationship between Adam and Charles to be deleted, however I felt the film did not suffer from this at all.

James Dean is a completely different animal than the other actors of his time, and from start to finish in this film, he is spellbinding. The emotional intensity and reality he brings to the film is so convincing it is almost painful to watch at times, especially when he goes to see his mother for the first time and he desperately tries to speak to her as he is being wrenched away. The tone of his voice, his subtle gestures, his utter desperation for love is amazing and completely his own. I once read that Dean did not consider East of Eden to be his best film, but I disagree with him there. I have never seen a film (or an actor) that even came close to matching this one, particularly when viewed from its position in time and the nature of cinema in the 1950s. James Dean put himself 'out there' emotionally in such a raw way that the power of that brave acting yet holds the ability to touch the audience with every viewing. I think the film makes a hugely important statement about the human condition that is still valid a half a century later.

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