East of Eden

East of Eden

Director: Harvey Hart Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Jane Seymour, Lloyd Bridges


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Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck considered East of Eden his quintessential novel. At more than six hours, this sumptuous Emmy-winning 1981 production brings Steinbeck's bestseller to the screen more fully and faithfully than any other adaptation. Sweeping from Connecticut to California and from the Civil War to World War I, it follows three generations in the tumultuous Trask family: patriarch Cyrus (Warren Oates); his feuding sons, Adam (Timothy Bottoms) and Charles (Bruce Boxleitner); and quarrelsome grandsons, Aron (Hart Bochner) and Cal (Sam Bottoms). Into these men's lives slinks Cathy (Jane Seymour), a woman who holds their love and enmity. With a cast that includes Lloyd Bridges, Howard Duff, Anne Baxter, and Karen Allen, this saga explores the nature of good and evil, the origin of sin, and the hope of reconciliation. In its ambitious themes, pervasive biblical allusions, and abiding reverence for the land, East of Eden stands as a timeless American epic. Special features include an interview with Seymour, a biography of Steinbeck, and cast filmographies.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2009
UPC: 0054961817092
Original Release: 1981
Rating: NR
Source: Acorn Media
Time: 6:22:00
Sales rank: 19,540

Special Features

Interview with Jane Seymour (Widescreen); Biography of John Steinbeck; Cast filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Timothy Bottoms Adam Trask
Jane Seymour Cathy/Kate Ames
Lloyd Bridges Samuel Hamilton
Bruce Boxleitner Charles Trask
Samuel Bottoms Cal Trask
Karen Allen Abra
Anne Baxter Faye
Howard Duff Jules Edwards
Timothy Carey Preacher
M. Emmet Walsh Sheriff Horace Quinn
Vernon Weddle Bill Ames
Nicholas Pryor James Grew
Grace Zabriskie Mrs. Ames
Matthew "Stymie" Beard Cotton Eye
Nellie Bellflower Mrs. Trask
Hart Bochner Aron Trask
Wendell Burton Tom Hamilton
Warren Oates Cyrus Trask
Soon-Teck Oh Lee
Richard Masur Will Hamilton
Walter Brooke Actor
Buck Taylor Actor

Technical Credits
Harvey Hart Director
Bill Brame Editor
Michael Brown Editor
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Mace Neufeld Executive Producer
Barney Rosenzweig Producer
Richard Shapiro Screenwriter
Frank Stanley Cinematographer
Ray Storey Art Director
Kim Edgar Swados Art Director
Ken Wales Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- East of Eden
1. A Disease of Sin [8:17]
2. Growing Boys [10:35]
3. Enlisting Adam [4:35]
4. Brotherly Resentment [9:37]
5. Called into Duty [10:33]
6. Sex and Manipulation [10:49]
7. Fear and Retribution [9:01]
8. Coming Home [5:12]
9. A Father's Dishonesty [6:55]
10. On the Prowl [6:25]
Disc #2 -- East of Eden
1. Diagnosis [7:30]
2. Building an Eden [6:49]
3. Delivery Day [8:13]
4. Dropping Masks [9:35]
5. Boiling to the Surface [5:29]
6. A Shaky Story [9:19]
7. Inheritance [9:23]
8. Unfinished Work [6:21]
9. Names and Blood [10:47]
10. "Thou Mayest" [6:20]
11. Business in Monterey [13:14]
Disc #3 -- East of Eden
1. New Life in Salinas [8:33]
2. Diverging Paths [4:48]
3. Uncovering the Truth [5:01]
4. Picking at Old Wounds [9:39]
5. Confirmation [6:24]
6. Advice on Ice [12:09]
7. Reputations Spoiled [3:52]
8. Sneaking into Kate's [5:44]
9. A Couple of Jailbirds [9:17]
10. Partners in Beans [7:00]

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East of Eden 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Emma_Peel More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing this on TV when I was a kid and loved it! The story is classic and this gives a much broader view than the James Dean version. An excellent movie and a must have!
JesseJo More than 1 year ago
Another must see for Jane Seymour fans. She plays Cathy from 15 all the way to 50 (she was in her 30's @ film time) and pulls it off well. The other acting sometimes is a little choppy. The movie is also different than the book, but how do you really fit that much book into 6 hours...Overall I thought it was worth seeing Jane play this character that is so unlike anything she's done. She was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
spectacular...all the actors were great, especially Jane Seymour (never saw her plain a villain and she was tremendous). I also agree that it is far superior, in every way, to the original with James Dean and Julie Harris! A must see!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago