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East of Eden -- Academy Award-winning film features the starring debut of movie idol and legend James Dean in this riveting drama revolving around two brothers' love for the same woman.
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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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Powerhouse Film, Powerhouse Performances See more (172 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)
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)
 
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) | Chile:14 | 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 | USA:PG (2005 re-issue) | USA:Approved (PCA #17086) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Julie Harris found James Dean very exciting to work with. "He was always inventing; you never knew what was coming. You had to listen, watch; you had to be there." She found him exciting and highly imaginative and was impressed with the way he studied music with composer Leonard Rosenman and played Bach on his recorder alone in his dressing room.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: During WWI, a band organ at the carnival plays "Ain't We Got Fun", which is from 1921.See more »
Quotes:
[refusing Cal's gift of money]
Adam Trask:If you want to give me a present, give me a good life. That's something I can value.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
AvalonSee more »

FAQ

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38 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Powerhouse Film, Powerhouse Performances, 2 June 2004
Author: Thomas W. Muther, Jr. (twm-2) from Topeka, KS

Ever felt lost?--have trouble finding your place in the world?--feel jealous of, or ignored by, a family member? If you answered yes to any of these questions, beware--the resonance you may feel toward the characters of this film may be so intense, the emotional pull of its story so overwhelming, that at its end you will find yourself exhausted, spent, trembling in its cathartic wake. I find it so every time I see it. As an examination of the terrible undercurrents in family relationships, of adolescent angst and loneliness, of the universal need for love and the awful consequences of its being withheld, it is nearly peerless. Movies that toyed with similar themes, like "The Graduate" or "Rebel Without a Cause," though great films, do not come close to packing the emotional wallop this film delivers.

To a large part, the intensity of the affective response generated by watching "East of Eden" must be attributed to the strength of the performances. No false notes here. Raymond Massey, a truly superb actor who has largely, and undeservedly, been forgotten, gives one of his best performance as the father with a secret, a man with the best intentions in the world, who has nonetheless unwittingly crippled his son Cal with his sometimes harsh criticisms and his favoritism of his brother Aron. Julie Harris is simply wonderful as Abra, a young woman who gradually becomes disenchanted with the "perfect" brother, Aron, finding herself becoming more and more interested in the vaguely frightening, yet vulnerable Cal. Her "speech" near the end of the film to Cal's father is heartrending. Everyone else is fine, from the always dependable Burl Ives to Albert Decker, and Jo van Fleet deserves special mention as the supposedly dead mother. The vehicle which propels the film, however, is James Dean who not only gives the best performance in his all too short career, but one of the best in cinematic history. It is truly amazing to watch him work here. The viewer becomes like putty in his hands, bending and rending our emotions at will. It's a performance not to be missed.

The movie has received criticism because it does not follow the book, and leaves out at least the first two thirds of the novel. "East of Eden" is one of my favorite books, yet I have no trouble accepting this film on its own merits--which are considerable. A movie CANNOT be a book, though there have been several directors who seem blithely unaware of this giving us plodding movies straight-jacketed by their literary source. One cannot judge this movie solely by comparing it to the book, and with each deviation from the source, give it a demerit. I believe this movie is every bit as great as the book--but it is NOT the book. And John Steinbeck himself loved this movie, reportedly saying that the movie was a greater achievement than his book had been. That's a recommendation good enough for me, and should be enough for the lovers of the book. You CAN love both. I do.

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