One of the first things my sister noticed when I showed her this movie is how similar it is to Legends of the Fall. I saw LOTF recently myself and the similarities are astonishing. I don't understand how it could be just coincidental, but the messages of each film are so different I don't see why LOTF would need to borrow from EOE. Some examples:
- Both stories involve rivalries between brothers, particulary between two brothers, one of which is "wild" and the other is rule-abiding.
- These brothers compete for the fiancee of one of the brothers.
- The mother is out of the picture, having left the ranch long ago.
- The time periods are roughly the same.
- The brother engaged to the girl everybody wants dies in WWI.
- The father has a stroke and loses a lot of money.
- The wild brother says he will earn back the money his father lost.
- There is a man working with each family of a different race. (This is only in the book.)
- The naughty brothers both move their eyebrows the same way. :)
- Both movies have awesome soundtracks
Perhaps not the most shocking list, but watch the two movies in days of each other and see what you think.
East of Eden (Film): 9/10
Book: 9.8/10 :)
LOTF: Maybe 8/10