East of Eden

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Overview

This truncated screen version of John Steinbeck's best-seller was the first starring vehicle for explosive 1950s screen personality James Dean, who plays Cal Trask, the "bad" son of taciturn WWI-era Salinas valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask Raymond Massey. Although he means well, Cal can't stay out of trouble, nor is he able to match the esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron Richard Davalos. Only Aron's girl friend Abra Julie Harris and kindly old Doctor Sam Burl Ives can see the essential ...
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Overview

This truncated screen version of John Steinbeck's best-seller was the first starring vehicle for explosive 1950s screen personality James Dean, who plays Cal Trask, the "bad" son of taciturn WWI-era Salinas valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask Raymond Massey. Although he means well, Cal can't stay out of trouble, nor is he able to match the esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron Richard Davalos. Only Aron's girl friend Abra Julie Harris and kindly old Doctor Sam Burl Ives can see the essential goodness in the troublesome Cal. In an effort to win his father's love, Cal starts a side business with money secretly borrowed from his mother, Kate Jo Van Fleet -- whom his father had described as dead, to hide the fact that she was in fact a floozy, plying her illicit trade in a nearby town. When a bad crop threatens the family farm, Cal attempts to share his newfound gains with his father, and is rejected. In the explosive confrontation, Aron realizes his father's duplicity about his mother, and that things will never be the same.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Richard Schickel; Theatrical trailer; Disc 2; Forever James Dean documentary; Featurette: East of Eden: Art in search of life; 1955 New York City premiere; Actor's screen tests; Wardrobe tests; Deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A grand, visually remarkable adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, East of Eden was one of the films responsible for the cult that grew up around James Dean. Released in 1955, the same year as Dean's Rebel Without a Cause, Eden featured the actor in his sullen, troubled prime, rolling his eyes, mumbling his words, and stuffing his hands into his pockets as only he knew how. At once angry and vulnerable, Dean's performances in both movies established him as an icon of youthful discontent for decades to come. Aside from its place in the Dean iconography, East of Eden remains remarkable for Elia Kazan's use of CinemaScope, capturing with harsh vibrancy the expanse and breathtaking desolation of the California farmlands. The landscape crackles with a moody intensity that mirrors the conflicts among the film's central characters. In this respect, East of Eden earned its place in Hollywood legend: it featured great performances from its human principals, while the scenery gave a spellbinding performance in its own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2013
  • UPC: 883929280360
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / 2 PACK
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,837

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Harris Abra
James Dean Cal Trask
Raymond Massey Adam Trask
Burl Ives Sam, the Sheriff
Dick Davalos Aron Trask
Jo Van Fleet Kate
Albert Dekker Will Hamilton
Lois Smith Ann
Harold Gordon Mr. Albrecht
Timothy Carey Joe
Mario Siletti Piscora
Lonny Chapman Roy
Nick Dennis Rantani
Harry Cording
Jonathan Haze Piscora's Son
Frank Mazzola Student
Barbara Baxley Nurse
Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director, Producer
Don Alvarado Asst. Director
James Basevi Art Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
George James Hopkins Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Horace Hough Asst. Director
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
Owen Marks Editor
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Paul Osborn Screenwriter
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- East of Eden: Movie
1. Overture [3:00]
2. Credits and Foreword [1:48]
3. Kate's Follower [6:10]
4. Not Interested [4:54]
5. The Icehouse [3:06]
6. Talk to Me, Father [5:51]
7. Kate's Place [4:02]
8. Talk to Me, Mother [2:06]
9. Parental Backstory [5:26]
10. The Lettuce Fields [8:29]
11. Hard Lessons [4:10]
12. Full of Beans [3:36]
13. Business Proposition [6:44]
14. "He Tried to Hold Me!" [4:11]
15. Enlistment Parade [3:05]
16. Warring and Waiting [2:32]
17. The Carnival [3:55]
18. Ferris Wheel Confession [4:03]
19. Anti-German Hysteria [3:59]
20. Brothers at Odds [3:21]
21. Caller in the Night [4:26]
22. Birthday Presents [7:24]
23. Look at the Truth [3:14]
24. Hello to Your Mother [2:00]
25. No More Forgiveness [2:46]
26. Aron's Farewell [1:36]
27. Prognosis [2:17]
28. Abra's Plea [4:03]
29. Take Care Of Me [5:08]
Disc #2 -- East of Eden: Special Features
1. American Rebel [1:18]
2. Hollywood Immortals [1:43]
3. Remembrances [1:41]
4. Phoenomenon [4:24]
5. Early Life [5:39]
6. William Bast [5:24]
7. Early Gigs [1:40]
8. See the Jaguar, the Immoralist [1:06]
9. Winning the role of Cal [:37]
10. East of Eden: Julie Harris [5:36]
11. Romance [5:03]
12. Fame; Kenneth Kendall [3:31]
13. Rebel Without a Cause [4:28]
14. Infatuation with Speed [1:59]
15. Giant [2:56]
16. Lariat Tale; "Last Supper" [2:17]
17. September 30, 1955 [3:09]
18. No More Jimmy [1:24]
19. Rumors and Ransacking [1:49]
20. Lonely No More [1:41]
21. End Credits [2:12]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- East of Eden: Movie
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Richard Schickel
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English 5.1
         Français
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- East of Eden: Special Features
   Forever James Dean
   East of Eden: Art in Search of Life
   Screen Tests
   Wardrobe Tests
      Play All
         Richard Davalos
         James Dean and Richard Davalos
         James Dean, Richard Davalos and Julie Harris
         James Dean and Lois Smith
         Lois Smith
         James Dean and Jo Van Fleet
         Jo Van Fleet
         Costumes and Production Design
         Web Info
   Deleted Scenes
   3/9/1955 New York Premiere
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