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From Here to Eternity (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 28 August 1953 (USA)
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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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Won 8 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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

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Drama | Romance | War

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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

Shot on a schedule of just 42 days. The actual scene where the Japanese fighters fly over the army base, strafing it with machine gun fire, was shot in only half a day. See more »

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Throughout the film, the hairs on Prewitt's chest are plainly visible when the top of his shirts are open, but when he's shown without a shirt in Alma's house, all his chest hair has been shaved, which was the usual practice in 1950s Hollywood films. See more »

Quotes

Alma: [Maggio offers her a drink] No, thanks, I don't drink.
[Maggio gives her a look]
Alma: I think it's a weakness.
Angelo Maggio: I grant ya that.
Alma: [to Prewitt] You don't like weakness do you?
Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt: No, I don't like weakness... but I like to drink!
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The Hut-Sut Song
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Pearl of a film
28 July 2012 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

Classic 50's Hollywood feature documenting the lives and times of the US Army personnel in Hawaii leading up to the Japanese air attack on the Pearl Harbour naval base which precipitated the US entry into the second world war. Shot in black and white by Fred Zinnemann to emphasise the war-time setting, the drama is peopled with convincingly realistic characters with a credible, episodic narrative edging ever closer to the pivotal date of December 7th.

Multiple plot lines are skilfully interwoven until their climactic convergence at the end aided by top acting from a superb cast. The dramatic thread to the film is Montgomery Clift's Prewett character and his relationships with the characters played by Burt Lancaster, the firm but fair sergeant himself drawn into a sexually charged relationship with his superior officer captain's disaffected wife, played against type by Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed as the "hostess" he falls in love with and especially Frank Sinatra's rascally but likable and always supportive Maggio.

Sinatra famously begged for the chance to show his acting skill in a straight role to reignite his career and duly given the chance, he grabs it with both hands. Lancaster and Kerr fire up the screen in their doomed relationship, especially in the famous scene by the crashing waves, Reed plays her part with admirable restraint but Clift's acting exceeds them all, whether in his reluctant fight scenes, blowing a bugle like Satchmo or playing a drunk after he's exacted revenge on Maggio's tormentor, played memorably by the recently deceased Ernst Borgnine.

The action climax as the Japanese attack is thrillingly portrayed especially the high camera shots, although I would question the too obvious and thus jarring insertion of real footage of the actual attack.

Controversial in its day for its unblinkingly honest depiction of the US army, it can be seen now as one of the best films of the 50's, a master class in dramatic narrative and character acting.


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