East of Eden

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James Dean made his unforgettable debut in Elia Kazan's emotionally charged adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic tale of sibling rivalry. It's a reworking of the Cain and Abel tale, with farmboy Dean trying to out-compete his twin brother (the under-rated Richard Davalos) for the affections of their religious-nut father (Raymond Massey). Nice girl Julie Harris has the misfortune to be caught between them, while Jo Van Fleet won an Oscar as the boys' estranged and borderline-deranged mother. A seething cauldron of jealousy, misunderstanding, petulance and rage.