I'm thinking of the 1955 version directed by Elia Kazan, which I just saw on netflix instant watch. It's a good movie, even though it only really covers about half of the book (which I read about 25 years ago, and so don't really remember much of anyway...) What really struck me about the movie was Dean's fine performance. It was impressive work, esp. since he was only about 23 at the time. What brought tears to my eyes was the scene where Dean's father, played by Raymond Massey--with a fairly convincing American accent--turns away the money that his son has given him. That money was the way Dean's character Cal was trying to earn his father's love. When Massey refuses it, Dean/Cal not only breaks into real sobs, but then slowly comes up to embrace his father and cry on him. It's a powerful retreat into what is psychologically kind of a fetal state even while he's standing up. Dean himself had issues that were at least slightly similar to those suffered by his character. Anyway, Massey--without actually withdrawing--subtly but visibly recoils from Dean's outburst. This made more sense to me when I read on wikipedia that Dean deviated quite a bit from the script. He did his own method approach to the scene rather than going with what was written on the page--which had him just leaving after his dad refuses the money. I have sometimes felt that Dean was overrated as an actor because his career was so tragically shortened. But this scene made me believe in his talent. I saw part of the TV mini series that came out in 1981, but haven't seen it since then. Does anyone here remember that version? I think that show is much more faithful to the book. I think Jane Seymour is in that one. And, much to my surprise, wikipedia says that a new film version is set to appear in 2010. Final thought--I know California pretty well, having grown up there and been up and down the state often. When they say Monterey you suddenly see the beautiful and much farther north town of Mendocino. I love Mendocino, and so it was a great treat to see that place that time has somewhat bypassed in 1955...It doesn't look that different in 2009, or and probably looked almost like that in 1917 when the film is set.... Anyone else have comments the various versions of East of Eden? Or on Dean's performance?