East of Eden
Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck considered East of Eden his quintessential novel. At more than six hours, this sumptuous Emmy-winning 1981 production brings Steinbeck's bestseller to the screen more fully and faithfully than any other adaptation. Sweeping from Connecticut to California and from the Civil War to World War I, it follows three generations in the tumultuous Trask family: patriarch Cyrus (Warren Oates); his feuding sons, Adam (Timothy Bottoms) and Charles (Bruce Boxleitner); and quarrelsome grandsons, Aron (Hart Bochner) and Cal (Sam Bottoms). Into these men's lives slinks Cathy (Jane Seymour), a woman who holds their love and enmity. With a cast that includes Lloyd Bridges, Howard Duff, Anne Baxter, and Karen Allen, this saga explores the nature of good and evil, the origin of sin, and the hope of reconciliation. In its ambitious themes, pervasive biblical allusions, and abiding reverence for the land, East of Eden stands as a timeless American epic. Special features include an interview with Seymour, a biography of Steinbeck, and cast filmographies.