East of Eden (1981)

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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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Series cast summary:
 Adam Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
 Kate Trask / ... (3 episodes, 1981)
 Charles Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
 Lee (3 episodes, 1981)
 Abra (3 episodes, 1981)
 Aron Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
 Cal Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
 Cyrus Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
 Jules Edwards (3 episodes, 1981)
 Faye (3 episodes, 1981)
 Will Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)
 James Grew (3 episodes, 1981)
 Samuel Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)
 Mrs. Trask (3 episodes, 1981)
 Sheriff Horace Quinn (3 episodes, 1981)
Vernon Weddle ...
 Bill Ames (3 episodes, 1981)
 Mrs. Ames (3 episodes, 1981)
 Tom Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
 Cotton Eye (3 episodes, 1981)
 The Preacher (3 episodes, 1981)
Walter Brooke
(3 episodes, 1981)
Fredric Cook
(3 episodes, 1981)
(3 episodes, 1981)
Harry Lewis
(3 episodes, 1981)
(3 episodes, 1981)
Bert Williams
(3 episodes, 1981)


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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8 February 1981 (USA)  »

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John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'  »

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They Don't Make 'em Like This Anymore!
2 September 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This was produced during ABC's Golden Age of great miniseries, which began with Roots and ended with War and Rememberance. But, IMHO this was the apex of their efforts. "East of Eden" is storytelling on the grandest scale possible, an epic tale of multigenerational sibling rivalry that covers decades, and thousands of miles of American terrain. Yet, it still retains the intimacy of family relationships as the Trask family is cursed to repeat the lessons of Genesis time and again. The film is chock-full of amazing performance, especially from Timothy Bottoms who is more than up to the Herculean task of portraying Adam Trask over a lifetime, from a weak-willed teenager to a pillar of his community and from Soon Tek-Oh who is able to take the stereotype of the pigdin-speaking Chinese houseboy and turn it on its ear. But this adaptation surely belongs to Jane Seymour. She gives a mesmerizing performance that not only rivals Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, but surpasses it; It is my all-time favorite performance by an actress in any medium. She was one of the greatest actresses of the latter half of the 20th Century, you will be quite amazed if your point of reference for her is only Dr. Quinn! Do try and find the uncut version of this film-it is well-worth your time.

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