East of Eden/Rebel Without a Cause/Giant [3 Discs] [DVD]

This special 3-disc collection of James Dean's best films includes: East of Eden" This 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. Released the same year as Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden provided Dean with his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor . "Rebel Without a Cause" Inarticulate teenage alienation, rebelliousness and torment break out in violence in this character study about a sullen youth (James Dean) who moves with his parents to a well-to-do Los Angeles suburb, where he finds love with the local gang leader's girlfriend (Natalie Wood). "Giant" George Stevens' sprawling adaptation of Edna Ferber's best-selling novel stars Rock Hudson as Bick, a Texas rancher who brings his beautiful new bride, Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor) back to their estate where she quickly begins a fractious relationship with the rancher's sister, Luz, played by Mercedes McCambridge. Complicating matters further, Jett (James Dean), a poor ranch-hand, continually butts heads with Bick but is adored by Bick's daughter.
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Rebel Without a Cause
East of Eden
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, Rovi

Giant

Cast & Crew

  • James Dean
    James Dean - Jim Stark
  • Natalie Wood
    Natalie Wood - Judy
  • Corey Allen
    Corey Allen - Buzz Gunderson
  • Sal Mineo
    Sal Mineo - Plato
  • Dennis Hopper
    Dennis Hopper - Goon

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