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From Here to Eternity (1953)

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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.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Daniel Taradash (screen play), James Jones (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Arthur Keegan ... Treadwell
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Kipfer
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Storyline

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 Original Pearl Harbor Story (2002 DVD Release) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De aquí a la eternidad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,500,000
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The censors demanded that Deborah Kerr's swimsuit should feature a skirt in its design so as to not be too sexually provocative. See more »

Goofs

The soldier removing the boxing memorabilia from the captain's office walks toward the doorway where several other soldiers are gathered. He, apparently, vanishes before he ever makes it out the room, since the following shot is of the crowd of soldiers, and he is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson: Tough monkey. Guys like you end up in the stockade sooner or later. Some day you'll walk in; I'll be waiting. I'll show you a couple of things.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SCHOFIELD BARRACKS HAWAII 1941 See more »

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Referenced in Airplane! (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Hut-Sut Song
(1939) (uncredited)
Written by Leo Killion, Ted McMichael and Jack Owens
Played on piano by Fatso
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Maybe Donna Reed's Best Movie
31 July 2005 | by PWNYCNYSee 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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