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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
8 February 1981 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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.
Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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East of Eden--one of best TV films ever produced See more (26 total) »

Cast

 (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)
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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)
Lee Holdridge .... orchestrator (3 episodes, 1981)
Sergio Marcotulli .... music engineer / music mixer (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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Runtime:
480 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Timothy Carey, who plays an evangelist, also appeared in the 1955 James Dean version.See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
East of Eden--one of best TV films ever produced, 18 April 2006
Author: Kevin1956-1 from United States

With all due respect to the James Dean classic, that fine work only took in roughly 1/3 of the novel. The 1981 TV miniseries is a great example of how to transfer a literary work onto film.The writers managed to keep all the main characters, most of the secondary ones, and keep true to the story too....no small feat. The cast was impeccably chosen--they looked and acted just as they were written. (A curious exception: Kate and Aaron--described as fair and blonde in the book--and Cal--dark and somber--were physically just the opposite in Jane Seymour, Hart Bochner and Sam Bottoms)....but why nitpick? Their performances make THAT inconsequential. Miss Seymour will probably be best remembered as Dr. Michaela Quinn, or as TV-movie royalty, but her performance as Kate should be the standout---she walked right out of the pages of the novel. She's electric in her scenes with Bruce Boxleitner, who is excellent as kindred spirit Charles Trask. And when with her husband (Timothy Bottoms, restrained and aloof, just as Adam was written)she does the spectrum, from loving innocence to the incarnation of evil. A must-see for anyone who's ever read the book--SEE IT. You won't be sorry.

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