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East of Eden 

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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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1981  
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 Bert Williams 3 episodes, 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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Timothy Carey, who plays an evangelist, also appeared in the 1955 James Dean version. See more »

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Version of East of Eden (1955) See more »

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Near the top of the mini-series TV movies
15 July 2011 | by rj-27See 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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8 February 1981 (USA) See more »

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John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden' See more »

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