• East of Eden (1955)

    Powered by JustWatch
East of Eden

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    William ThomasEmpire

    Steinbeck himself praised it for reaching the parts his book couldn't. Need a better endorsement? show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Even viewers who acknowledge Kazan’s lack of visual imagination usually concede that nobody got better performances out of actors, but this last vestige of his reputation is in real need of examination. show more

  • 90
    Film Threat

    Never in the history of movies was a film so absolutely enraptured by its subject than East of Eden is with Dean. The camera desperately records his every twist and turn of emotion as if preserving it were of the utmost importance. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Similar Movies

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

After Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), visit his family's Mississippi pl...

Stream Online
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath

The Joad clan, introduced to the world in John Steinbeck's iconic novel, is looking for a better life in California. After their drought-ridden farm is seized by the bank, the family -- led by just-pa...

Stream Online
Giant
Giant

Wealthy Texas rancher Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) shakes things up at home when he returns from a trip to the East Coast with a love interest, the refined Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor). Bick and L...

Stream Online

Awards

Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956)
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Writing (Screenplay)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Actor
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956)