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8 February 1981 (USA) See more »
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 26 of 31)

Timothy Bottoms ... Adam Trask (3 episodes, 1981)

Jane Seymour ... Kate Trask / ... (3 episodes, 1981)

Bruce Boxleitner ... Charles Trask (3 episodes, 1981)

Soon-Tek Oh ... Lee (3 episodes, 1981)

Karen Allen ... Abra (3 episodes, 1981)

Hart Bochner ... Aron Trask (3 episodes, 1981)

Sam Bottoms ... Cal Trask (3 episodes, 1981)

Warren Oates ... Cyrus Trask (3 episodes, 1981)

Howard Duff ... Jules Edwards (3 episodes, 1981)

Anne Baxter ... Faye (3 episodes, 1981)

Richard Masur ... Will Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)

Nicholas Pryor ... James Grew (3 episodes, 1981)

Lloyd Bridges ... Samuel Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)

Nellie Bellflower ... Mrs. Trask (3 episodes, 1981)

M. Emmet Walsh ... Sheriff Horace Quinn (3 episodes, 1981)
Vernon Weddle ... Bill Ames (3 episodes, 1981)

Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Ames (3 episodes, 1981)

Wendell Burton ... Tom Hamilton (3 episodes, 1981)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Cotton Eye (3 episodes, 1981)

Timothy Carey ... The Preacher (3 episodes, 1981)
Walter Brooke (3 episodes, 1981)
Fredric Cook (3 episodes, 1981)

Mike Johnson (3 episodes, 1981)

Harry Lewis (3 episodes, 1981)

Peter Maloney (3 episodes, 1981)
Bert Williams (3 episodes, 1981)

Series Directed by
Harvey Hart (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Writing credits
Richard Alan Shapiro (3 episodes, 1981)
John Steinbeck (3 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
Mace Neufeld .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1981)
Barney Rosenzweig .... producer (3 episodes, 1981)
Ken Wales .... co-producer (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Original Music by
Lee Holdridge (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Cinematography by
Frank Stanley (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Film Editing by
Michael Brown (3 episodes, 1981)
Bill Brame (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Casting by
Jane Feinberg (3 episodes, 1981)
Mike Fenton (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Art Direction by
Ray Storey (3 episodes, 1981)
Kim Swados (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Set Decoration by
Dave L. Love (3 episodes, 1981)
Dennis W. Peeples (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1981)
Cherie .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1981)
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1981)
Tom Miller .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1981)
Rod Wilson .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Production Management
Thomas H. Brodek .... executive in charge of production (3 episodes, 1981)
John Orland .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1981)
Lorin Bennett Salob .... production manager (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barbara Bass .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1981)
Douglas Dean III .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1981)
Michael Kennedy .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Art Department
Don Hulett .... property master (3 episodes, 1981)
Ernie Sawyers .... property master (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1981)
Rusty Amodeo .... utility sound (3 episodes, 1981)
Gene Ashbrook .... production boom operator (3 episodes, 1981)
Jim Cook .... sound re-recording engineer (3 episodes, 1981)
David Dockendorf .... sound re-recording engineer (3 episodes, 1981)
Sergio Marcotulli .... sound engineer (3 episodes, 1981)
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording engineer (3 episodes, 1981)
Marco Streccioni .... assistant sound engineer (3 episodes, 1981)
Kyle Wright .... supervising sound editor (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Special Effects by
Richard E. Johnson .... special effects (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Buddy Bowles .... gaffer (3 episodes, 1981)
Ron Cardarelli .... key grip (3 episodes, 1981)
William N. Clark .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (3 episodes, 1981)
Dottie O'Brien .... extras casting (3 episodes, 1981)
John O'Brien .... extras casting (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Magahay .... costumes: men (3 episodes, 1981)
Judy Truchan .... costumes: women (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Editorial Department
Rick Brandon .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1981)
Pamela S. Westmore .... post-production (3 episodes, 1981)
Fred Kaplan .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor: La Da (3 episodes, 1981)
Tom Catalano .... music supervisor (3 episodes, 1981)
Armin Steiner .... music recording consultant (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Transportation Department
James Davis .... transportation coordinator (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Other crew
Vickie Alper .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1981)
Selma Brown .... production accountant: Zeiderman, Oberman and Assoc., Inc. (3 episodes, 1981)
Richard Lundin .... livestock coordinator (3 episodes, 1981)
Rita Lundin .... wrangler (3 episodes, 1981)
Mickey Rich .... production executive (3 episodes, 1981)
Sally Roddy .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1981)
Sandy Schmidt .... consultant: producer (3 episodes, 1981)
Neil Steinberg .... assistant: producer (3 episodes, 1981)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'" - USA (complete title)
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480 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Timothy Carey, who plays an evangelist, also appeared in the 1955 James Dean version.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 33rd Annual Emmy Awards (1981) (TV)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Jane's crowning achievement, 3 December 2011
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

Jane Seymour's absolutely astounding performance is reason enough to watch this all the way through. She is by turns kittenish, sweet, ruthless, self-serving, tormented and tormentor often just flat out evil but always watchable. She is able by small gestures to show Cathy/Kate's internal struggle, at first, wishing to be good but unable to accomplish that since something inside her is intrinsically rotten and finally surrendering her soul to pure villainy. She's a wonder, unfortunately she has not been presented with the opportunity to play this sort of full bodied character since. As for the rest of the show Lloyd Bridges almost matches Jane's work in one of his best latter day portrayals as the stern level headed Samuel. Their shared scene where Cathy is in labor is some of the best acting you will ever see in a miniseries. Soon Tek-Oh is fine as the faithful Lee and Bruce Boxleitner does some good work as the deeply flawed Charles. There are also some nice contributions in smaller roles by fine actors like Howard Duff as the cuckold whore-monger and Anne Baxter, full of brio as the madame Faye. The true weakness of the piece, and it is a big one, is the borderline terrible performance by Timothy Bottoms as Adam. While Cathy/Kate was always the strongest character of the book Adam is its focal point and to have the at best middling Bottoms in the part hurts the story as the stronger actors all but erase him from the screen whenever he shares scenes with them. The second portion is hampered in the same way by Sam Bottoms, although he is better than brother Timothy, and the fact that both he and Hart Bochner plus Karen Allen as Abra are too old for their roles. Still the Cain vs. Abel story at its center is strong enough to hold your interest and Jane's master class in acting compelling. While the James Dean version is also a superior picture with great acting from Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Jo Van Fleet and him it only covers the second part of the book, for a full rendering of the novel this is about as close to perfect as you are likely to see. Once again Jane is great here, she won many well deserved awards for her work, don't miss it.

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