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2,106 Ratings

East of Eden

Directed by Elia Kazan
United States, 1955
Drama, Romance


Cal Trask, the ‘bad’ son of a California farmer, embarks on a business endeavour to prove his worthiness to his father. Tensions abound when he must deal with his estranged mother and begins to fall for the ‘good’ brothers girlfriend.

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East of Eden Directed by Elia Kazan

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1955 | Winner: Best Dramatic Film

Academy Awards

1956 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1956 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

National Film Preservation Board

2016 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Six decades later, Dean’s performance, whether he’s dancing through bean sprouts stretching to the horizon (Dean’s idea), flinging his body across the street after a fight with Aron, or collapsing against his father’s chest, still has enormous lyrical power.
April 18, 2017
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Elia Kazan’s sun-blissed adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic work on the business of brotherhood suggests at its outset a full-blooded melodrama replete with sturm, drang and clutched fists cursing the skies. The reality is something more poised and low-key which sublimates big plotting in favour of delivering a small coterie of finely textured and complex characters.
April 18, 2014
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