East of Eden

East of Eden

DVD - 2009
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Adam and Charles Trask grow up in the shadow of their father, Cyrus. Cyrus prefers Adam, inciting jealousy in his younger son. Adam is signed up for the cavalry, while Charles works on the family farm. Reuniting years later, the brothers live in peace until a beautiful woman nearly beaten to death arrives on their front porch. Adam nurses her back to health and falls blindly in love. But Cathy hides a cruel past. Adam and Cathy marry and have twin boys. Cathy soon deserts the family, showing up later as "Kate, " the madam of an upscale brothel. Adam's sons have a relationship that mirrors his own. Adam's business venture fails and depletes the family fortune. One son seeks out his mother, who has been long assumed dead.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, [2009]
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SHOW EAST OF
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approximately 382 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Steinbeck, John 1902-1968 East of Eden.
Alternative Title: John Steinbeck's

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kpelish
Feb 26, 2017

A too-long adaptation of Steinbeck's great book. Many events are faithfully represented: the boys' harsh upbringing and Adam's move to California, the crucial discussion of people's free will, Cathy's sociopathic nature, etc., but there are misses. For example, it's not clear why Abra chooses Cal (in the book it's very clear) and there's no appearance of Samuel's wife, Liza, who played a counterpart to his idealism. I'll recommend the book over this mini-series.

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JeanieG
Nov 09, 2015

This production contains some of the worst acting and production quality I have ever seen. Really poorly done. I am going to look for a better version of it since it is such a classic. Or I guess I could just read the book.

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RobSW
Apr 10, 2015

Jane Seymour's best performance. Glad I was able to watch this again after more than 30 years.

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shermie89
Nov 17, 2014

Excellent Movie - one you will enjoy - good story.

aaa5756 May 14, 2014

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box.

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snakie_chick
Nov 26, 2012

Follows the book much better than the James Dean version but the acting is pretty cheesy.

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JGOODRICK
Jul 21, 2010

this was such a good film! it could easily be calld " A Short Study of Humanity." Its all there: revenge, jealousy, pride, love, sacrifice, and the will to choose, each one living with one's own actions and decisions because "Thou Mayest"

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Shabana Hussein
Feb 07, 2010

This set of DVDs is far superior to the 2-hour movie (with James Dean) of 1954.
I found that this beautiful,thoughtful, and well-acted serial helped me understand the novel better. I specifically appreciate the way it highlights some of the reasons why Cathy acted the way she did. I feel grateful I was able to enjoy the story and its message--all over again!

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“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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