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East of Eden (1955) Movie Information

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Elia Kazan


Julie Harris
James Dean
Raymond Massey
Burl Ives
Richard Davalos
Albert Dekker





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In Salinas Valley, California, WWI looms as Cal Trask, a defiant, confused young man comes to terms with his estranged mother, his perfect brother and kind, yet distant father. -- Chris Kavan

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In his first starring role, James Dean proves to be a terrific dramatic actor. Though, being a bit older than the part, he encompasses all the strife and angst of a troubled teen perfectly. It's a great emotional performance in an emotionally charged story.

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The plight of a beaten down family is realized beautifully amid the setting of pre-WWII wine country. James Dean is fantastic here - completely engrossed in his character and hitting every right emotional note. This is one of the best Steinbeck adaptations, along with Grapes of Wrath, and Dean's best performance of his short career.

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I didn't think I'd like this movie as much as I did. I certainly didn't think it'd wind up being an anti-war movie. The fact that it is, made it all that much better. I still don't quite understand James Dean's constant slouching though.

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Chris Kavan 04/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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James Dean initial offering comes from a great source: John Steinbeck. Proving that dysfunctional families have been around a long time, along with teen angst, Dean stands out. The rest of the cast also shines and the emotion will hit you.

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10/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Good steinbeck adaptation

A good film about the people in a town during world war two and the troubles involving a family that is rather biblical like. Although the film can be heavy handed in some scenes which is kind of Steinbeck's style but mostly it strives from that well. The different relationship in the movie are interesting especially between the father and the son and the biblical allegory works better then I thought it would. Although still some scenes do not work perfectly, the brother's transformation feels very unnatural, and some times the acting styles can conflict a little too much but all in all it is good.

Oscar nomination Best Actor James Dean 5/5- He sure is mannered but he also is very effective too. Although his constant looking at the ground and odd movements can sometimes conflict with...

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