Sight and Sound - 03/01/2002
"...[A] solidly built drama of bully politics and discontent in the US army just before Pearl Harbor..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/05/2003
"Rapturously received from the moment it was released in 1953, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY remains, half a century later, a singular cinematic experience, one of the landmarks of American film."
Total Film - 10/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a leisurely but classy mix of romance, army politics and Hollywood heroism."
Description by OLDIES.com:
In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift from A Place In The Sun) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra from The Man With The Golden Arm) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster from Elmer Gantry) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr from Separate Tables) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Winner of eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), From Here To Eternity provided truly career-defining roles for Frank Sinatra, as Prewitt's buddy, and Donna Reed (It's A Wonderful Life), as a not-so-wholesome "club hostess."
An all-star cast brought what was considered an unfilmable novel to the screen with skill and grace with this story of the loves, hopes, and dreams of those in a close-knit Army barracks in Hawaii shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Montgomery Clift portrays a former boxer who refuses to fight after blinding a friend in the ring and is sent to the remote outpost as punishment for his insubordination. Love and tragedy abound in this unflattering look at military life and American thought before the war. Director Fred Zinneman's Oscar-winning film is based on the novel by James Jones.
Based On A Novel |
Essential Cinema |
Love Story |
Theatrical Release |
World War II
The Columbia TriStar special edition video #80693 is part of a limited edition Academy Awards sell through package that comes with a free copy of "Oscar's Greatest Moments," a classic collection of some of the most memorable moments from Oscar telecasts.
Contract player Aldo Ray was the original choice for Prewitt by Columbia Studio chief Harry Cohn, but Fred Zinnemann and novelist James Jones wanted Montgomery Clift.
Filmed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
The film's technical consultant was Retired Brigadier General Kendall J. Fielder, Ret.
Additional cast: Merle Travis (Sal Anderson), Arthur Keegan (Treadwell), Douglas Henderson (Corporal Champ Wilson), and John Bryant (Captain Ross).
This is one of the best pre-ww2 movie.
Movie Lover: Wanda Lowery from
Jackson, TN US -- June, 29, 2010
This is one of my favorite world war II movies. I don't like war movies,but this is one of the best. Burt Lancaster is a fine actor. And I also like "old blues eyes" himself. He was excellent as " Magio". There's alot of rising stars in this movie. I have the movie,and I watch it over and over again. Check it out. I think you you will enjoy it.
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