Academy Awards 1955 -
Best Supporting Actress: Jo Van Fleet
Entertainment Weekly - 06/03/2005
"[I]t's easy to see why Dean set off a youthquake that still rumbles almost 50 years after his death....He captures brooding, adolescent confusion with a seductive, rock-star charisma."
USA Today - 06/03/2005
"Elia Kazan's classic movie of John Steinbeck's novel..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/10/2005
"EAST is not only one of Kazan's richest films and Dean's first significant role, it is also arguably the actor's best performance."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2005
"[I]t's not hard to be seduced by the performances or by the photography, which makes arresting use of widescreen space and skewed angles..."
The strong screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1952 novel features the debut of James Dean. Like Cain with Abel, a black sheep competes with his brother for his father's love--with tragic results.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Based on John Steinbeck's novel and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden is the first of three major films that make up James Dean's movie legacy. The 24-year-old idol-to-be plays Cal, a wayward Salinas Valley youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean's performance earned one of the film's four Academy Award nominations. Among the movie's stellar performances, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.