East Of Eden

Synopsis: In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother Aron for the love of their father Adam. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, to how to get ahead in business and in life, to how to relate to estranged mother.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Elia Kazan
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

Nice fat deposit.

You're sure in the right business, Sally.

Thank you.

Good morning.


Another nice deposit.

You and Sally are sure

in the right business.

I'm in a hurry, please.

Hi, Kate.

Have you cleaned up the house

across the way?

I haven't had time yet.

You should always do that one first.


Come here.

Did you ever see that kid out there before?

I think maybe he was in the bar last night.

Send Joe in.


Hello, Pretty Boy.

- Call me, Kate?

- Yeah. Take a look out the window.

There's a kid who's been following me

all the way to the bank and back.

Come here, you young squirt, come here.

- You want me?

- What's the idea of throwing that stone?

Any law against throwing stones?

You're tough? Come here!

What are you hanging around here for,


- Would she talk to me?

- Kate?

What for? What do you want?

Just wanna talk to her.

- What do you want, you?

- Nothing.

You live around here?

- In Monterey?

- Salinas.

What's your name?

You're not talking? Now, look...

why are you following Kate around?

What's the idea, squirt?

Any law against following

around the town...

madam, whatever you call her?

I don't know if there's any law against it,

but she don't like it.

She owns that house over there, too,

don't she?

But don't you go hanging

around there, squirt. You're too young.

Now come on. Now beat it.

Is that her real name?

- Kate. Is that her real name?

- Sure, as far as I know. Why?

What's her last name?

Nobody's got any last name

around here, kid. Why?

You tell her I hate her.

I should have gone right on in there.

Should have gone right on in there

and talked to her.

Cal wasn't home all night.

Boy, is he gonna catch it from Dad.

- You know what the girls in class call him?

- No, what?

The Prowler.

- I'll tell him that.

- You better not, Aron.

- Promise me you won't.

- Why not?

Please don't. I don't want you...

- Hi, Cal.

- Hi.

Hello, Cal.

Excuse me for talking.

We're going down to see the icehouse

that Dad's gonna buy.

- Do you want to come?

- What icehouse?

The one he's buying

to freeze the vegetables with.

He's been talking about it every night

for the last week.

Is Dad gonna be there?

Why sure, he's gonna buy it.

I'll skip it.

You're gonna have

to see him sometime, Cal.

- Come on.

- Hey, Aron.


- Why don't you ask me where I've been?

- Would you tell me?

- No.

- Then what's the use of my asking?

- Is Dad mad at me?

- Well, you were out all night.

He was worried.

Yeah, I bet.

You gonna come or not?

Okay. I'll see you at supper.

He's coming.

He's coming.

You see, Will, I got the idea

from an article I read.

They dug up a mastodon

somewhere in Siberia.

Been in the ice for thousands of years

and the meat was still good.


What have you got to say for yourself?

This is my son, Cal.

When you were his age,

I imagine you thought it only right...

to let your father know

before you stayed out all night.

Or at least to offer some kind

of apology when you did come home.

Well, times change.

As I was saying,

a mastodon is a kind of elephant.

Hasn't lived on the Earth for a long while.

- And the meat was still fresh?

- Sweet as a pork chop.

You're more excited about this

than you've been for a long time.

Now, I seem to be, don't I?

See, Will, I've been sort of

in a rut out there in the ranch.

- Sixteen, 17 years, I've kept out of things.

- I know.

But now I feel that

if I could only do something...

some little thing for, before I die,

some little thing for progress...

for people, maybe.

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John Steinbeck

John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (; February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author. He won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." He has been called "a giant of American letters," and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.During his writing career, he authored 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat (1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas Of Mice and Men (1937) and The Red Pony (1937). The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece and part of the American literary canon. In the first 75 years after it was published, it sold 14 million copies.Most of Steinbeck's work is set in central California, particularly in the Salinas Valley and the California Coast Ranges region. His works frequently explored the themes of fate and injustice, especially as applied to downtrodden or everyman protagonists. more…

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