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From Here to Eternity (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 1953 (UK)
In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

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It's 1941. Robert E. Lee Prewitt has requested Army transfer and has ended up at Schofield in Hawaii. His new captain, Dana Holmes, has heard of his boxing prowess and is keen to get him to represent the company. However, 'Prew' is adamant that he doesn't box anymore, so Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile Sergeant Warden starts seeing the captain's wife, who has a history of seeking external relief from a troubled marriage. Prew's friend Maggio has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade Sergeant 'Fatso' Judson, and Prew begins falling in love with social club employee Lorene. Unbeknownst to anyone, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor looms in the distance. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Drama | Romance | War

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1953 (UK)  »

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De aquí a la eternidad  »

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$1,650,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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At the first meeting at the beach, Warden makes a comment about Karen "... acting like Lady Nancy Astor's horse...". This is a variant of "Mrs Astor's Pet Horse" and refers to someone who is either overly dressed-up or made-up, or full of self-importance ("Dictionary of American Regional English"). See more »

Goofs

When Alma and Prew are talking in her apartment, the spring clasp is visible next to the cross on Alma's necklace. When the camera returns in a subsequent angle, the spring clasp is no longer visible. See more »

Quotes

Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt: A man don't go his own way, he's nothing.
Sergeant Milton Warden: Maybe back in the days of the pioneers a man could go his own way, but today you got to play ball.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SCHOFIELD BARRACKS HAWAII 1941 See more »

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Referenced in Masters of Sex: Story of My Life (2014) See more »

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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a bugler at bedtime
Reprised on bugle by Pvt. Lee
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Truly Excellent; Not Exactly the War Movie You Might Expect
24 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

How others have rated this movie any less than 10-"stars" eludes me. Combine uniformly terrific acting from all involved, an excellent script, keen editing and directing with beautiful visuals, and you do have the 10-star movie that won so many awards. Every acting job is measured and believable, whether Lancaster's just-let-me-do-my-job introverted bullheadedness to Kerr's not-quite-the-Captain's-slut-wife to Sinatra's multi-dimensional kid-from-home-with-an-irrational-chip-on-his-shoulder to Clift's I'm-smarter'n'subtler-than-James-Dean-defiance to Reed's putting-on-airs-(up)country-girl-at-heart...it's all there. The war scenes are besides the point in this movie. You know there's a war just a'brewing. The real battlefield action happens between the characters in a way so much more important and real than a bunch of bombs dropping to blow up the latest Bruckheimer set. I'll admit the ending strains the movie's own internal logic, but that doesn't take away from its power. There's a war on and not every battlefield is equally as obvious.


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