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Director:
Writers:
John Steinbeck (novel)
Paul Osborn (screen play)
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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 12 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent Story With Characters Who Aren't Always Who They Seem See more (180 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)

Philo McCullough ... Deputy Sheriff (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)

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)
DistributorsOther Companies
  • RCA  sound recording

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:
118 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:
The film only covers the latter part of the novel. Elia Kazan later said he didn't like the first part of the book, which deals with the youth and marriage of the characters played by Raymond Massey and Jo Van Fleet. It would also have been unwieldy to adapt the multi-generational story. Around this same time, the director had been thinking about the importance of unity in a work of art, and reflected on screenwriter John Howard Lawson's notion that unity comes from the climax. Kazan decided to focus on only the final section of the novel, dealing with the conflict between Cal and his father and brother. He then had to approach the thin-skinned John Steinbeck gently and tactfully about making changes to the story. He also had to approach Steinbeck with his plan to bring in another writer to work on the adaptation with Kazan. The author genuinely liked and trusted Kazan and allowed him to proceed without interference.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:
Cal Trask:It's gonna work because it's got to work and it's got to work because I said soSee more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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36 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Story With Characters Who Aren't Always Who They Seem, 7 March 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Wow, what an impressive screen debut for a 24-year-old. That was the famous James Dean, here in his first of three starring roles before death took him at a tragically young age. Just as impressive, however, is the overall performance of the rest of the cast, including lesser-known Richard Davalos, who also was making his movie debut.

The most impressive person connected to this movie, however, was director Elia Kazan who not only excelled directing this film but - in the same year - directed "On The Waterfront." Now, that's not a bad year of work!

"East Of Eden" is billed as a modern-day story of "Cain and Abel," between good and bad brothers with one of them feeling rejected by his father. The small Biblical account of the two brothers only mentions an offering they both gave God and then saying the brother whose offering wasn't accepted went out in a fit of jealousy and killed the other.

True, the "offering" by "Cal" (Dean) and its rejection by his dad "Adam" (Raymond Massey) leads to a climactic scene near the end of the film, but - this is just an assumption - most people viewed this simply as a story between "good" and "evil" pertaining to Dean and Davalos' characters.

I didn't see either of those guys as either the "good" or "bad" brothers. In fact, this film story is unusual in that every main character's personality begins in one direction and, as the film progresses, ends in almost the opposite. Nobody is as they first seem.

"Cale Trask" is shown early on to be a totally rebellious and immature loser who commits a few stupid acts of vandalism and has a desire to be a loner. As the film goes on, we see a softhearted guy who needs and desires love and companionship like everyone else. The fact he only had one parent, and that one didn't seem to love him, has messed his mind up a great deal.

Meanwhile, his older brother "Aron" (Davalos) is pictured as the kind, dependable, levelheaded guy who has a nice sweetheart who he plans to marry very soon. "Aron" has always made his dad proud which makes Cale jealous and bitter (hence, the Cain/Abel analogy.) In the last third of the film, however, Aron's personality reveals some dark, selfish traits and he isn't so "good" anymore.

Julie Harris plays "Abra," who begins as a sweet, likable and trustworthy person but in the end proves insincere in her "ready to marry" and "I'm in love with Aron" remarks as her feelings develop for the younger brother. She does a nice job at the end, however, helping Cale reconcile with his ailing dad.

The fourth major player, the father of the two boys, is portrayed - at least by Cale - as man who has played favorites with his sons and is more of a businessman than a loving father. However, we see later that he is not a bad guy at all. He is happy to praise his younger son when merited, is quick to forgive but, like a lot of fathers in "the old days," I believe, had a hard time outwardly expressing love for his children despite, in his heart wanting the best for them.

The fifth major character in the film, "Kate," has the least amount of lines but is the most powerful figure in the movie. She's the mother who abandoned her kids when they were babies and left her husband because she "didn't want to be tied down to a ranch." Wow, Thank God our mothers didn't have that selfish attitude! She's pictured as a very hard, bitter woman who has made a success of herself and to hell with everyone else. However, once again, as the story unfolds, we see an opposite side. Cale, checking rumors she was in the area, sought her out and discovered she, indeed, was his mom. (Nobody in the Trask family knew she lived nearby, with the dad telling the kids she was dead rather than risk hurting their feelings.). Anyway, later she surprises us by softening up and loaning Cal $5,000 for a business venture to help him and help bail out his dad. That amount of money is equal to at least $100,000 today, so it's a generous, kind person who would say "okay" to that monetary request. The more she speaks, the softer she sounds, even if she wouldn't want to admit it.

The only character I wish had a bigger role was "Anne," played by Lois Smith, who was beautiful and had an intriguing role that I thought would amount to more. I'm glad to see that she is still acting on a regular basis today.

Overall, it's a solid drama with complex characters who make you reflect about them long after you view this. I don't know why it took so long for me to finally see this movie, but I was impressed. (May I recommend the two-disc, special-edition DVD?). This movie is wonderfully directed, acted and photographed. I've only seen it once (last night) and I am not in love with the film (yet), but I am surprised it only garnered one Academy Award. I think it deserved more.

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