From Here to Eternity (1953)
Critic Consensus: It has perhaps aged poorly, but this languidly paced WWII romance remains an iconic, well-acted film, featuring particularly strong performances from Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift.
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as Sgt. Milton Warden
as Robert E. Lee Prewit...
as Karen Holmes
as Pvt. Angelo Maggio
as Alma Lorene
as Sgt. Judson
as Capt. Dana Holmes
as Cpl. Buckley
as Sgt. Maylon Stark
as Sgt. Ike Galovitch
as Sgt. Pete Karelsen
as Mrs. Kipfer
as Sal Anderson
as Sgt. Baldy Thom
as Sgt. Turp Thornhill
as Sgt. Henderson
as Sgt. Henderson
as Cpl. Champ Wilson
as Friday Clark
as Cpl. Paluso
as Capt. Ross
as Major Stern
as Military Guard
as Col. Wood
as Major Bonds
as Col. Ayres
as Gen. Slater
as Nair [uncredited]
as Lieutenant Colonel
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Critic Reviews for From Here to Eternity
The film is anonymously directed, functionally paced and hysterical at times, though it seduces as a hot-blooded spectacle that stitches emotional detail onto the epic canvas of history.
In From Here to Eternity, you can glimpse an uneasier future for America, with the social wreckage and the pretending.
Scriptwriter Daniel Taradash rescued, if not quite a gem, then at least a high-grade industrial diamond from this rough original.
It is an important film from any angle, presenting socko entertainment for big business.
Audience Reviews for From Here to Eternity
The camera loves Montgomery Clift and his perfect face, and he is exceptional as always along with Lancaster and Sinatra, but while during its first hour it feels like a film that you can watch forever, it soon starts to drag and make all too evident its lack of a well-defined structure.
Set in the weeks leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, this is an easy paced (re: leisurely) melodrama focusing on several people at and around the Schofield Army Barracks in Honolulu. It's based on an acclaimed novel (though the film was heavily toned down) and won a ton of Oscars, including Best Picture.
It's a fair enough film, although I think it's mostly carried by the performances rather than the story lines, and also the performances probably stand out as better overall than the film as a whole. I wasn't sure I'd like it, what with all you ever seem to hear about it being in reference to the legendary scene where Lancaster and Kerr embrace on a beach as waves crash around them. There's some macho guy type stuff, and that's good, but I could have used more of that, and just an uncompromised adaptation in general.
The cast is notable, with appearances from Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank SInatra (in a great, Oscar winning role), and the wonderful Ernest Borgnine as an antagonist of sorts. They all do a great job, and Sinatra I feel did really deserve his Oscar.
All in all, a decent enough film. Zinnemann knew how to tell a great story, and it is shot well, but I don't think it's as good as it's made out to be. Still though, I was entertained, and it is better than the similar stuff that Michael Bay did in his infamous account of Pearl Harbor, so take that as some sort of recommendation.
an oldiie but a goodie a real "classic"~!!!
just look at the cast...Burt Lancaster Deborah Kerr Ernest Borgnine Donna Reed Frank Sinatra...wow~!!!
The film (and the book before it) tells the story of bored soldiers stationed in Hawaii in the six months or so before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
the actors all played there parts well in this one.Its a Romantic Masterpiece and more of a chick flick than a war movie in my opinion.
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