Screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel which begins in the years after the American Civil War and, through the story of the Trask family, brings to light a struggle and conflict inherent in the human condition.
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 Adam Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Kate Trask / ... (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Charles Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Lee (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Abra (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Aron Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Cal Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Cyrus Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Jules Edwards (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Faye (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Will Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)
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 James Grew (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Samuel Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Mrs. Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Sheriff Horace Quinn (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Bill Ames (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Mrs. Ames (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Tom Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Cotton Eye (3 episodes, 1981)
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 The Preacher (3 episodes, 1981)
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Fredric Cook
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(3 episodes, 1981)
Bert Williams
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Screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel which begins in the years after the American Civil War and, through the story of the Trask family, brings to light a struggle and conflict inherent in the human condition.

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Timothy Carey, who plays an evangelist, also appeared in the 1955 James Dean version. See more »

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Near the top of the mini-series TV movies
15 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

I read the book, saw the mini-series, then viewed the James Dean version.

Simply put, the mini-series was hands down the better version. Beautifully filmed, intelligently written (keeping true to the novel) and impeccably cast, the mini-series is inspired stuff.

Every important aspect of the novel was captured. Timothy Bottoms and Bruce Boxleitner fleshed out their respective characters faithfully to those conceived by Steinbeck. But it is Jane Seymour's convincing portrayal, almost beyond description, of the evil Kate, that is the kind of thing movie legends are made. She made a believer out of me in a matter of a few frames.

Other standout performances include Warren Oates as the patriarch both boys rival to please and Lloyd Bridges as the ultra good father of the Hamilton clan.

Of the best mini-series prevalent around this time - Rich Man, Poor Man, Sho-Gun and East of Eden would rank in my top three, and not necessarily in that order.


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