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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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The boldest book of our time... Honestly, fearlessly on the screen! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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De aquí a la eternidad  »

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$1,650,000 (estimated)
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Frank Sinatra had to campaign especially hard to get this part as his career had hit a low point by this time. See more »

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When the crowd of soldiers is gathered around watching the brawl between Private Prewitt and Sergeant Galovitch, many of the men, including Private Prewitt, have the acorn cords on their campaign hats tied in knots. This is only done by combat veterans, and since the war hadn't started yet, none of the junior enlisted men would have served in combat. Therefore, nobody in that scene, and especially Private Prewitt, should be wearing their campaign hats with the acorn cord tied in a "combat knot". See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Milton Warden: [to Sgt. James 'Fatso' Judson, holding a broken beer bottle neck] O.K. Fatso, if it's killin' ya want, come on.
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Opening credits prologue: SCHOFIELD BARRACKS HAWAII 1941 See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Hand (1989) See more »

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I Got Hooked At A Hukilau
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Performed by Danny Stewart and His Islanders
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Maybe Donna Reed's Best Movie
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"From Here To Eternity" takes place right before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thus, it's really not a war movie. Actually its more of a soap opera with Burt Lancaster putting the make on Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra having a fight with Ernest Borgnine and Montgomery Clift having a tryst with Donna Reed, which brings me to the element of the movie that I really liked: Donna Reed's character. In the movie Donna Reed plays a prostitute who wants to earn enough money to go home, but by the end of the movie circumstances have transformed her from cynical prostitute to fiancé and bereaved victim who has lost her man, and for whom things would never be the same. To me, this is what a good movie is all about - powerful and compelling character development within the context of a story that is credible and makes sense.


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