Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion. Hating him, and sharing his greed, are the sons of two wives Cabot has overworked into early graves. Most bitter is Eben, whose mother had owned most of the farm, and who feels who should be sole heir. When the old man brings home a new wife, Anna, she becomes a fierce contender to inherit the farm. Two of the sons leave when Eben gives them the fare in return for their shares of the farm. Meanwhile, Anna tries to cause some sparks by rubbing up against Eben.

  1. Irwin Shaw


  2. Delbert Mann


Top Billed Cast

  1. Sophia Loren

    Sophia Loren

    Anna Cabot

  2. Anthony Perkins

    Anthony Perkins

    Abel Cabot

  3. Burl Ives

    Burl Ives

    Éphraïm Cabot

  4. Pernell Roberts

    Pernell Roberts

    Pierre Cabot

  5. Frank Overton

    Frank Overton

    Simeon Cabot

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Desire Under the Elms
Desire Under the Elms


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  • March 12, 1958


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 51m

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