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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:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(249 articles)
User Reviews:
Dean's Best Performance-An Outstanding Film See more (170 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)
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 ... Undetermine 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)
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)
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)
 
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)
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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
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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) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | 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 | USA:PG (2005 re-issue) | USA:Approved (PCA #17086) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Timothy Carey, who had a small part as Joe the bouncer, drove director Elia Kazan to such distraction with his bizarre behavior that Kazan, a longtime avowed pacifist, physically attacked him, the only time he had ever done such a thing.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Towards the end of the movie, the window that Aron breaks is different between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Abra:But you must give him some sign, Mr. Trask, some sign that you love him... or he'll never be a man. All his life he'll feel guilty and alone unless you release him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Destination Earth (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
AvalonSee more »

FAQ

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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Dean's Best Performance-An Outstanding Film, 17 November 2006
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

If you have ever come out on the short end of a sibling rivalry and/or felt seriously wronged by a parent(s), you will probably connect nicely with "East of Eden" (1955). Since the majority of viewers meet these criteria it is easy to see why the film finds a new audience with each generation. And it is easy to understand the tears that are often shed by both first-time and repeat viewers.

Although set at the start of World War I, the generational issues portrayed really had came to a head by the mid-1950's. Which is why the film was so timely and contemporary when it was released. It was Elia Kazan's troubled relationship with his own father that first attracted him to Steinbeck's novel and caused him to focus the film on the portion of the story that addressed this issue.

Originally I ranked it a distant third in the James Dean film pecking order but over the years it has somehow passed "Giant" and "Rebel Without a Cause" IMHO, and I now find it to be clearly his best and more enduring work. It is a real actors/director's film, with just six significant characters and with especially good performances from Dean and from Julie Harris. Both were a bit old for their parts but Dean's boyish manner allowed him to sell the character and Harris (who had convincingly played a twelve year old just a few years earlier in "Member of the Wedding") looks the proper age in every scene except one (an outdoor scene shot in the bright sun). She struggles sometimes with reining in her sophistication but that could just be the subjective perception of this viewer.

Here are some random points to appreciate in this great film:

Don't misinterpret Cal's (Dean) motivation, he is not doing things to win his father's love but because he loves his father (communicated by the early scene where he watches his father working in the kitchen). The former motivation would be simplistic; the latter opens up a host of interesting and ironic interpretations as you realize the seemingly bad son Cal actually understands his father and admires his goodness more than "good" son Aron (Richard Davalos).

Aron is not really the innocent figure he appears to be, he does not like Cal and throughout the film betrays him.

Abra (Harris) is caught between the two brothers, moving steadily from Aron to Cal as the film progresses. Aron represents everything she understands that she should be and Cal represents everything she has been denying herself. The story is largely seen from her point of view, and her growth parallels her (and the audiences) slow realization that Cal is not bad but misunderstood. The two are slowly falling in love but do not kiss until she gets up in the ferris wheel, a place where (symbolically) she is no longer standing on solid practical ground.

It is really a coming of age story for both of them, with Abra slowly embracing new areas of human experience and Cal moving from adolescence to manhood; thanks largely to her timely interventions. Watch for subtle details that Kazan has included, like Cal's inability to make extended eye contact with his father, brother, and mother; something that he has no problem doing with Abra. And Cal's unsteady progress as he moves forward momentarily and then retreats by looking away.

Note Kazan's use of a raked camera angle for the scenes inside the Trask home, unfortunately this device is a little too extreme and calls attention to itself. Also used in "The Third Man", it was done here to reinforce the off-kilter nature of this family's dynamic. It goes away after the scene in which Cal finally confronts his lifelong jealousy of his brother and accuses his father of rejecting him because he is so much like his mother, telling Adam (Raymond Massey) that he cannot forgive himself for having married Kate. This is the point at which Cal moves forward into permanent manhood, prior to this he had stepped forward briefly and then retreated back into childhood.

Watch for the method-acting device of an actor playing with an object as a means to introduce naturalism into the scene (Abra first flirts with Cal with a flower, Jo Van Fleet makes a show of taking out and lighting a cigarette, Cal repeatedly dips his finger into a wine glass). "East of Eden" would be nothing but an overwrought melodrama without a host of little things like this that humanize the story.

Watch for the awkward tension in all the scenes between Cal and Adam, Kazan cultivated the off-screen friction between Dean and Massey; reasoning that it would translate into more realistic on-screen sequences between the two actors.

Watch for the stunning sequence late in the film when Cal slowly moves out from under the tree branches (his menace reinforced nicely by the score).

Finally note the contrast between the restrained closing scene (which is also the climax) and the melodramatic style of the almost everything that has preceded it in the film.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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