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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:
1953 (UK) See more »
Pouring out of impassioned pages...brawling their way to greatness on the screen! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 8 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Monty Clift's greatest role? See more (153 total) »


  (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 ... Minor Role (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 ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Moana Gleason ... Rose - Waitress in Enlisted Men's Club (uncredited)
Robert Healy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Douglas Henderson ... Cpl. Champ Wilson (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Soldier (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 ... Soldier at New Congress Club (uncredited)
Norman Wayne ... Soldier (uncredited)

Robert J. Wilke ... Sgt. Henderson (uncredited)

Jean Willes ... Annette - Club Receptionist (uncredited)
Norman Wright ... Minor Role (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 .... orchestrations
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 (Western Electric Recording)
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 (video rating: additional material, audio commentary) (2013) | 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?

Montgomery Clift told friends he thought Burt Lancaster was a terrible actor and "a big bag of wind" (an attitude perhaps fuelled by his resentment over having to take second billing).See more »
Revealing mistakes: The Japanese aircraft attacking the US fleet are actually represented by stock footage of US Navy Dauntless and Avenger aircraft.See more »
Karen Holmes:You certainly chose a lovely spot for our meeting. I've had three chances to be picked up in the last five minutes.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Montgomery Clift (1983)See more »
I'll See You In HawaiiSee more »


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29 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Monty Clift's greatest role?, 8 July 2003
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Fred Zinnemann's epic about the lead-up to Pearl Harbor, featuring excellent performances from young Montgomery Clift and Donna Reed, a knockout role for Sinatra, and that roll in the surf for Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr.

From Here to Eternity is a potboiler which wears its heart on its sleeve. Would it have been the same with Joan Crawford instead of Kerr? Hard to say. I think the heart of the film is Clift, who gives perhaps his career best as ex-boxer Prewitt, the sensitive bugle player fighting his demons. Lancaster is a close second, a hard-boiled officer with no time for love.

One of the best of the 50s, and well worth watching.

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