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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 valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Although he means well, Cal can't stay out of trouble, nor is he able to match the esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Only Aron's girlfriend Abra (Julie Harris) and kindly old sheriff Sam Burl Ives) can see the essential goodness in the troublesome Cal. When Adam invests in a chancy and wholly unsuccessful method of shipping his crops east, his wealth plummets. In an effort to save the business, Cal obtains money from his estranged mother (the proprietor of a whorehouse) and invests it in a risky new bean crop. The gamble pays off (thanks in no small part to the war), but Adam refuses to take the money from Cal, and the resultant quarrel causes Adam to have a stroke. Released the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden provided Dean with his first Oscar nomination, for Best Actor.~Hal Erickson
My favorite film. I've seen this movie on a cable network in HD with better quality than this blu-ray but still not bad.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A Classic James Dean Film
The fact that the only three films James Dean made were all masterpieces in their own way is incredible to me (Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant). To have lived such a short life, yet so full. This is an outstanding picture with a very odd character played by James Dean. Masterful directing by Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront, Splendor in the Grass, A Face in the Crowd).
This review is from East of Eden [2 Discs] [DVD]