East of Eden

East of Eden

DVD - 2005
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Cal Trask is considered the "bad" son of taciturn Salinas Valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask. Although Cal always means well, he just can't stay out of trouble. Neither is Cal able to match the high esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron. Only Aron's girl friend Abra and kindly old Doctor Sam seem to be able to see the essential goodness in the troublesome Cal. In an effort to win his father's love, Cal purchases a fresh lettuce crop to replace the ruined beans that threatened to bankrupt his family. But Adam rejects the gift and comes to realizes that Cal knows that Kate is Cal and Aron's mother, whom both boys thought was long dead.
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated (Original rating); PG; for thematic elements and some violent content (2005 rating)
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2005
Edition: 2-disc special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD CLASSICS EAST
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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A great drama. Mature themes well told.

Nov 10, 2016

I liked this DVD. I recommend it for adults only. It is violent and sexual. It is a slower pace movie. The main character, James Dean, effectively demonstrates internal insecurities, volatile emotions, inner confusion. He desperately needs to ground himself; but, does not know how to on his own. He hopes his father will help; but, his father has difficulty doing emotional bonding with anyone. The father is emotional shallow. There is competition with the sibling brother to get the fathers approval and attention. The brothers love each other; but, they have a hard time expresses it to each other. They later compete for the same woman. Verbal and physical conflict is the result. The main character finds out some terrible truths about has mother that abandoned the family. It may tear the family apart facing the hidden truth. The plot is strong. It is well acted.

Jul 25, 2016

This edition of the movie DVD East of Eden rates high because of the additional extras disc containing outstanding content on the life of James Dean. Also there is a featurette "East of Eden: Art in Search of Life," the actors' screen and wardrobe tests, and a set of terrific deleted scenes. The movie's extra is a commentary by longtime TIME magazine film critic and author of numerous books on famous actors Richard Schickel of Milwaukee.

May 05, 2014

Good performances and direction, but yet another case of "the book was better".

Sep 19, 2012

james dean was a really big star that burned out way to soon. I thought he was really cool in this movie. wish he was still alive so that I could tell him to his face what a graet guy he was.

Sep 19, 2012

I thought this was a pretty poor adaptation of the book, and it really is only an adaptation of the last quarter of the book. Part of the problem was they had to invent scenes to try to get across the large backstory which I understand. But they cut out the family servant, Lee, who is a major character in the book. Also the open conflict between Cal and Aron and the relationship between Cal and Abra are pretty much fabrications. I did like James Dean's acting for the most part though. Some bits were over the top, but over all very good. I guess if you've never read the book this could be a pretty enjoyable movie, but if you have....meh.

Jan 13, 2011

I enjoyed the film in its own right, but having just read the book, the movie fell short of expectations. James Dean's performance was particularly impressive, and that alone would make this film worth another look.

Feb 14, 2010

Not bad. The acting was OK and the plot-line was fairly interesting but the ending was uncalled for and disturbing.

Dec 30, 2008

Watchable (Fair) - East of Eden (1955) 117 min. I wasn't too crazy about this John Steinbeck adaptation. I found it dated and James Dean's acting to be a little bit uneasy at times - I felt he was overacting. The story is interesting enough but the picture, in gerneral, may be a little over-rated.

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