Based on a novel by John Steinbeck, and directed by Elia Kazan, this is the first film in the James Dean Trilogy.
Set in Salinas, California in 1917, this is the story of Cal (Dean) a young wayward man who competes with his brother Aron (Dick Davalos) for the affections of their...
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 Salinas v... read more
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release Date: April 10, 1955
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
Stats: 1,443 reviews
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November 2, 2012
October 12, 2012
A timeless and profoundly touching retelling of the Biblical story of Cain and Abel using the early 20th century California as backdrop. While the visuals and music are wonderful, it is James Dean's performance the most spectacular here, especially in the poignant final scene.
February 8, 2012
Extraordinarily good version of the second half of the Steinbeck classic novel. Dean is riveting as the conflicted Cal with Julie Harris as Abra matching him every step of the way. Tautly directed by Kazan even in the quieter moments this pulls you right along. Burl Ives makes hi...
December 29, 2010
Was anyone else completely convinced that Dean was 14 year old boy? His mannerisms were always dead perfect. And I must say that this movie actually made me want to read the book! Which I know is a brick of a book.
Anyway, at first I wasn't all that enthralled in it, Dean played ...
November 10, 2010
An interesting story, but it feels a bit awkward to me, I don't know why. It could be better.
June 23, 2010
Just a great movie all around, James Dean and Elia Kazan are a match made in heaven. Taking only a slice of Steinbeck's novel, this feels like a very complete and powerful story. I think this is Elia Kazan's biggest and broadest vision, it goes so much further than his other perf...
November 4, 2009
James Dean illustrates why he shot to stardom during his astounding short film career as an bonafide Hollywood actor in this 1955 adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel directed by Elia Kazan. James Dean stars as Cal,a young man who isn't happy with his lot in life. His pro...
July 10, 2009
Better known as the first role for James Dean, East of Eden is laregely forgotten about for anything else. The acting is very good and it's directed by one of the greats, Elia Kazan, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this. It seems overlong just a bit even though it's ...
May 11, 2009
I'm a sucker for movies about siblings, this one is a modern version of Cain and Abel.
Dean plays Cal, the "bad son", and Julie Harris plays Abra, his brothers girlfriend. I fell in love with Harris almost immediately, she has this disarming, natural and naughty way about her. ...
April 5, 2009
The only thing better than the cinematography is the performances.
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