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From Here to Eternity -- The original Pearl Harbor movie provides a torrid look at military life just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, with remarkable performances from Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Donna Reed and Deborah Kerr.
From Here to Eternity -- In 1941 Hawaii, 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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Daniel Taradash (screen play)
James Jones (based upon the novel by)
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Release Date:
15 October 1953 (Australia) See more »
Pouring out of impassioned pages...brawling their way to greatness on the screen! See more »
In 1941 Hawaii, 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 8 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Sgt. Milton Warden

Montgomery Clift ... Robert E. Lee Prewitt

Deborah Kerr ... Karen Holmes

Donna Reed ... Alma aka Lorene

Frank Sinatra ... Angelo Maggio

Philip Ober ... Capt. Dana Holmes
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Sgt. Leva
Harry Bellaver ... Mazzioli

Ernest Borgnine ... Sgt. 'Fatso' Judson

Jack Warden ... Corp. Buckley
John Dennis ... Sgt. Ike Galovitch
Merle Travis ... Sal Anderson
Tim Ryan ... Sgt. Pete Karelsen
Arthur Keegan ... Treadwell
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Kipfer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Claude Akins ... Sgt. 'Baldy' Dhom (uncredited)
Vicki Bakken ... Suzanne (uncredited)
Margaret Barstow ... Roxanne (uncredited)
Henry Beau ... (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Army Lieutenant Colonel (uncredited)
John Bryant ... Capt. G.R. Ross (uncredited)
Mary Carver ... Nancy (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Cpl. Paluso (uncredited)
Mack Chandler ... Soldier (uncredited)
John Davis ... Soldier (uncredited)
Don Dubbins ... Pvt. Friday Clark - Bugler (uncredited)
Elaine DuPont ... (uncredited)
Moana Gleason ... Rose - Waitress in Enlisted Men's Club (uncredited)
Robert Healy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Douglas Henderson ... Cpl. Champ Wilson (uncredited)
June Horne ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
James Jones ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Sgt. Turp Thornhill (uncredited)
Manny Klein ... Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Edward Laguna ... Soldier (uncredited)
Carey Leverette ... Soldier (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Bartender (uncredited)
William Lundmark ... Bill (uncredited)
Freeman Lusk ... Col. Wood (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Maj. Stern (uncredited)
Kristine Miller ... Georgette - Lorene's Roommate (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ... Soldier (uncredited)
Robert Pike ... Maj. Bonds (uncredited)
Allen Pinson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

George Reeves ... Sergeant Maylon Stark (uncredited)
Joe Roach ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Fay Roope ... Gen. Slater (uncredited)
Delia Salvi ... Billie (uncredited)
Louise Saraydar ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Alvin Sargent ... Nair (uncredited)
Joseph Sargent ... Soldier (uncredited)
Joan Shawlee ... Sandra (uncredited)
Al Silvani ... Soldier Leaving New Congress Club (uncredited)

Angela Stevens ... Jean (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Military Guard (uncredited)
John Veitch ... Soldier (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Norman Wayne ... Soldier (uncredited)

Robert J. Wilke ... Sgt. Henderson (uncredited)
Jean Willes ... Annette - Club Receptionist (uncredited)
Norman Wright ... (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Col. Ayres (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
Writing credits
Daniel Taradash (screen play)

James Jones (based upon the novel by)

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
Original Music by
George Duning (background music)
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
Floyd Crosby (uncredited)
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
Casting by
Maxwell Arnow (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair styles
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Bellamy .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound engineer
John P. Livadary .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
John L. Cason .... stunt double: John Dennis (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Sati Tooray .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Michael Goldsen .... music consultant: Polynesian music (uncredited)
Johnny Williams .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Other crew
Kendall J. Fielder .... technical adviser (as Brig. Gen. Kendall J. Fielder Ret.)
Mushy Callahan .... boxing advisor (uncredited)
Walter Shenson .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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118 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2014) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2010) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #16582) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

A false rumor has been circulating for years that George Reeves, who played Sgt. Maylon Stark, had his role drastically edited after preview audiences recognized him as TV's "Adventures of Superman" (1952). According to director Fred Zinnemann, screenwriter Daniel Taradash and assistant director Earl Bellamy, the rumor is false. Every scene written for Reeves' character was filmed, and each of those scenes is still present in its entirety in the film as released. This rumor is nonetheless repeated as truth in Hollywoodland (2006), a movie about the investigation into Reeves' death.See more »
Continuity: An obvious stunt double is used for Galovitch in his fight with Prewitt. Actor John Dennis has a fair-haired crew cut. His double has darker, thicker hair which recedes noticeably at the temples.See more »
Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt:Well, what am I? I'm a private no-class dogface. The way most civilians look at that, that's two steps up from nothin'.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV)See more »
I'll See You In HawaiiSee more »


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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Maybe Donna Reed's Best Movie, 31 July 2005
Author: PWNYCNY from United States

"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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