- Actors: James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos
- Directors: Elia Kazan
- Writers: John Steinbeck
- Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour, Dolby
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Romanian, Russian
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 6 Feb. 2012
- Run Time: 113 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B009L4PE7A
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,176 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
East of Eden 
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Elia Kazan's classic adaptation of Steinbeck's novel, set in a small farming valley in California in 1917. Two brothers rival for the love of their stern, overbearing, widowed father (Raymond Massey). However, when Cal (James Dean), the rejected 'rebel' son, discovers that his mother (Jo Van Fleet) is not dead but running a nearby brothel, he decides to tell his brother (Richard Davalos). This spiteful decision soon leads to the destruction of his relationship with his brother, who in a drunken frenzy runs off to enlist in an army unit being shipped overseas to the battlefields of France. Unable to bear the loss of his favourite son, Cal's pacifist father breaks down completely. The film was nominated for four Oscars with Van Fleet winning for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Kazan also won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Dean was posthumously given a Golden Globe Special Achievement Award for Best Dramatic Actor.
Based on John Steinbeck's novel and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden is the first of three major films that make up James Dean's movie legacy. The 24-year-old idol-to-be plays Cal, a wayward Salinas Valley youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean's performance earned one of the film's four Academy Award nominations.* Among the movie's stellar performances, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It has been (hard to believe) 52 years since this film first appeared, in the same year during which Rebel Without a Cause was also released. Both feature James Dean. I have often wondered to what extent his unique and abundant talents as an actor would have developed, had he not perished in a car accident immediately after the filming of Giant had been completed. Of course, we will never know. His was a compelling presence in each of only three films and especially so in East of Eden in the role of Cal Trask.
The basic story is derived from the Biblical account of Cain and Abel. Adam Trask (Raymond Massey) has two sons, both of whom he presumably loves. However, he favors Aron (Dick Davalos) because he (unlike Cal) never says or does anything to irritate him. Aron is "the good son," complete with a girlfriend Abra (Julie Harris) whom his father obviously adores. Of course, Cal feels resentment toward both his father and brother. He desperately wants his father's love. (Later in the film, he even tries to buy it with profits he earns from investments enriched by World War One.) Under Elia Kazan's brilliant direction, tensions build relentlessly to what seems certain to be a tragic conclusion. Feeling rejected by his father, Cal seeks out his mother who left her husband and sons years ago. Kate Trask (Jo Van Fleet) now owns and manages a brothel in another town nearby and has become wealthy.Read more ›
I urge you to see this film, but try to put to the back of your mind Dean's fate and the myth that surrounds him-it is enjoyable as a piece of A-star quality acting that could teach actors around today a lot.
There are two things in the movie that really catch my eye. One is the onset of World War I. Aside from the fact that the United States enters the war and people start attacking the German person in Salinas, we see how things in the town start changing once Cal learns the reality about something that he had long accepted as true. Overall, it's clear that nothing will ever be the same in this small, seemingly idealistic town.
Another aspect is Cal himself. Cast out from his family, he has a special penchant for making trouble - or at least unsettling people. You might say that Cal is a precursor to Dean's "Rebel without a Cause" character.
But the main point is that this is a true classic. With top-notch acting, magnificent cinematography, and an incredible score, it's one movie that you can't afford to miss. Also starring Julie Harris, Burl Ives and Jo Van Fleet.
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Really love older films and James Dean is perfect and mesmerizing in East of Eden. His best film in my opinion.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Buyer
A classic film that lives up to the expectations. Great story line, well acted without being cheesy. Builds up nicely.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer