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Release Date:
8 February 1981 (USA) See more »
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.
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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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
They Don't Make 'em Like This Anymore!, 2 September 2002
Author: suitsme69 from New York

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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