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.


Fred Zinnemann


Daniel Taradash (screen play), James Jones (based upon the novel by)
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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 ... Cpl. Buckley
John Dennis ... Sgt. Ike Galovitch
Merle Travis ... Sal Anderson
Tim Ryan ... Sgt. Pete Karelsen
Arthur Keegan Arthur Keegan ... Treadwell
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Kipfer


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 <>

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The US Army had a censorship stipulation that there should be no depictions of military sloppiness, hypocrisy, homosexuality or brutality. Naturally, they were less than thrilled by James Jones' novel and weren't particularly enamored by the film version, either. See more »


SPOILER: When Sgt. Warden is on the roof machine gunning Japanese planes, he is holding the gun by the barrel which, after a few rounds, would be too hot to handle. The machine gun has an asbestos glove used to switch the barrel when it gets too hot. Sgt. Warden is using the glove to hold the barrel. See more »


Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson: Are you sore about something?
Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt: I don't like the way you play the piano.
[Fatso laughs]
Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt: Remember Maggio?
Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson: Oh, the wop? Yeah, real tough monkey.
Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt: You killed him.
Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson: Did I? Well if I did, he asked for it.
Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt: The Army's gonna get you sooner or later, Fatso. But before they do, I want a piece of you myself.
[Fatso pulls out a switch blade]
Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt: I figured that.
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Fantastic wartime classic
13 September 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Even if you've never seen From Here to Eternity, I can guarantee you've seen one very famous scene. You know the black-and-white makeout scene on the beach that's been spoofed and referenced hundreds of times since? The two actors kissing are Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity.

This is a WW2 movie, and one of the best classic war films, even though there are no scenes on the battlefield. Montgomery Clift, a recent transfer to the Hawaiian army base, has a reputation for being a good boxer, but he refuses to continue fighting at his new base. To punish him for his refusal, the captain makes his life miserable to hopefully wear him down. If you want the captain to "get his", read on. The captain's wife, Deborah Kerr, has an affair with a sergeant, Burt Lancaster. In the meantime, Monty and his army pal Frank Sinatra frequent a nightclub on their nights off. While Monty finds love with a prostitute, Frankie manages to anger the very mean and violent Ernest Borgnine.

See, there's plenty of drama without stepping foot on the battlefield! From Here to Eternity is a very famous movie, but it's also a fantastic one. Deborah Kerr bleached her famously red locks and tried on an American accent for the role, a seductive type she wasn't used to playing. Donna Reed, as goody-two-shoes as it gets, plays the hardened hooker Monty falls for. She won an Oscar for her against-type performance, paving the way for other good girls like Shirley Jones, who also won an Oscar when she went against type and played a prostitute in Elmer Gantry. Frank Sinatra also won an Oscar for this movie, but it's far from his best performance. He himself always said he should have won his Oscar for The Man with the Golden Arm. Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster, while in very different situations in the film, both fall in love with women they shouldn't, and try to stand up for their convictions even when it's difficult. It's great to see the different acting styles: Monty with the word "conflicted" tattooed on his forehead, and water boiling beneath his sensitive reserve, and Burt with gritted teeth and lava simmering beneath his strength.

At the 1954 Oscars, the film swept Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Sound, Editing, Cinematography, and Supporting Actor and Actress awards. While Burt and Monty were pitted against each other for Best Actor, William Holden beat them out in the overrated Stalag 17. Deborah Kerr, who never won a competitive Oscar, lost to the ridiculous performance of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

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Release Date:

28 August 1953 (USA) See more »

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From Here to Eternity See more »


Box Office


$1,650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,176, 7 December 2003

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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording)


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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