East of Eden Poster

Release Date: 1955

DVD Release Date: May 31st, 2005

PG|1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary
In this film based on John Steinbeck's epic novel, Cal Trask (James Dean), the son of a California farmer (Raymond Massey), feels that his father cares only about his brother, Aron (Richard Davalos). When Cal embarks on a business venture to gain the favor of his dad, he finds himself dealing with his estranged mother (Jo Van Fleet), now the owner of a brothel, and tensions in the family rise even further when he begins to fall for Aron's girlfriend, Abra (Julie Harris).

Cast: James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Jo Van Fleet, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos, Albert Dekker, Lois Smith

Director: Elia Kazan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: Mother, Rivalry, Quest, Emotional, Son, Girlfriend, Love triangle, Intense, Father, Brother, Family


Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1955)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Writing (Screenplay)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama