From Here to Eternity 1953

From Here to Eternity

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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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At an Army barracks in Hawaii in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, lone-wolf soldier and boxing champion "Prew" Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) refuses to box, preferring to play the bugle instead. Hard-hearted Capt. Holmes (Philip Ober) subjects Prew to a grueling series of punishments while, unknown to Holmes, the gruff but fair Sgt. Warden (Burt Lancaster) engages in a clandestine affair with the captain's mistreated wife (Deborah Kerr).

Cast & Crew

Burt Lancaster
1st Sgt. Milton Warden
Montgomery Clift
Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt
Deborah Kerr
Karen Holmes
Frank Sinatra
Pvt. Angelo Maggio
Donna Reed
Alma Burke (Lorene)
Ernest Borgnine
SSgt. James R. Judson
Philip Ober
Capt. Dana Holmes
Jack Warden
Cpl. Buckley
Mickey Shaughnessy
Supply Sgt. Leva
Harry Bellaver
Pvt. Mazzioli
James Jones
Writer (Novel)
Daniel Taradash
Screenwriter
George Duning
Background Music
James Jones
Original Song
Fred Karger
Original Song
Burnett Guffey
Cinematographer
Floyd Crosby
Cinematographer
William A. Lyon
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Critic Reviews for From Here to Eternity

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  • Oct 20, 2019
    A fine cast in excellent form is the main attraction in this look at the desultory days for some few military camp personnel in Honolulu prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor."We make as much pain and heartache for one another in peacetime as an enemy attack does in wartime," seems to be the subversive gist of the piece. And one of the few films I've seen about the 50th state that doesn't bend over backwards to tell you how Hawaii is a tropical oasis.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2016
    Excellent film. Absolute classic.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2016
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2014
    Man, through "From Her_ to Eternity", Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds kind of ruined this neat little title for me. Yeah, yeah, these folks can worry about a possible Japanese invasion, but maybe we should have tightened up for the Aussie invasion of the '80s, because Nick Cave is a little too much experimental post-punk than I'm comfortable with. Shoot, maybe they could have gotten an early start during WWII, because it doesn't seem like these guys are so much concerned about Japanese attacks, as much as they're concerned with bickering with one another and worrying about the women in their lives. This film is good and all, but it isn't much of a war film, which is probably a good thing, because it could be taken as military propaganda enough as it is without cool action and junk. Kids, don't look at this film and think that when you get into the military, you'll get the chance to lounge around a Hawaiian beach, making out with a beautiful woman. Well, you might be able to pull that off if you have Burt Lancaster's physique and grin, or if you looked like Montgomery Clift, or if you could sing like Frank Sinatra. This is one seriously Hollywood army, and there's still no action, which is fine, because this film is still plenty compelling, despite its issues, and its having plenty of time to run into issues. Running not even a whole two hours, this film is by no means terribly long, but like I said, for a military film, it doesn't have much going on, so storytelling often struggles to find material to work with, until it gets to be kind of repetitious, and feels as though it's losing focus the more it spends too much time with one plot layer over the others. The film follows three intertwined, yet still distinct storylines, and each one is thoroughly compelling, but considering that pacing is so uneven, the transitions between each overdrawn layer go convoluted feel relatively sudden. The storytellers tend to fumble all of the layering which, to a certain extent, reflects the ambition which is further emphasized by refreshing dramatic touches that in turn emphasize the lapses in originality, of which there are many, to where a certain predictability often rears its ugly head in amidst surprises. It doesn't help that contrivances are among the tropes hit in the storytelling, for the plots are nothing if not melodramatic, and made all the more disingenuous in feel - despite all of the inspiration - by heavy-handed dialogue and contrived characterization. Through all of the film's grace is subtlety issues, some of which are a little cheesy, and all of which are either lazy or further reflective of an ambition to bloat the kick and structure of this drama, whose value is limited to begin with. I've said it time and again, but this isn't much of a military drama, and by that, I mean that's not a particularly dynamic drama at all, having enough potential to be made into a rewarding final product, but not enough for it to be easy to overlook all of the excess, unevenness, familiarity and melodramatics. The final product's reward value is well-threatened, but ultimately secured, and pretty firmly, partly because it knows how to immerse. Something of an intimate character drama, this film isn't thoroughly exploratory of its Hawaiian setting, but a lot of the film's engagement value thrives on its boasting such a beautiful setting, which is both aesthetically pleasing, - in spite of a lack of color - and tight enough to actually help in complimenting the sense of intimacy which this story would be nothing without. Sure, the intimacy of the story concept minimalizes the scope of this drama of a limited sense of consequence, and is betrayed by some subtlety issues to storytelling, but as I said, each one of the plots in this melodrama is compelling, with human themes regarding men's principles and love that hold a lot of potential for a grace which was ahead of this time in dramatic filmmaking. Daniel Taradash's Oscar-winning screenplay, with its contrivances and other heavy-handed touches, does a degree of injustice to the depth of this film, while also shaking momentum through excess and inconsistencies, but more than anything, it's sharp, with solid dialogue and enough taste to characterization and audacity to the handling of worthy subject matter to carry some genuine heart. Fred Zinnemann brings resonance to this heart, because if momentum is sustained here, then it's through Zinnemann's well-paced scene structuring which draws upon the sharp highlights in scripting in order to sustain entertainment value, and your attention with it, through and through, until finding unexpected subtlety. There are times in which the film is rather moving, but there are few, if any times in which the drama is less than compelling, for no matter how much fumblings in ambition challenge your investment, the inspiration and taste found throughout the film endears about as much as the performers. This is a sizable cast full of talent, and just about every member is, at the very least, sparklingly charismatic, and that especially goes for leading men Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra, who also hit their share of dramatic highlights which, especially for the time, are powerful in their defining the vulnerability of the central focuses of this intimate character drama. These leads carry the final product about as assuredly as anyone, or at least highlight the reflections of heart which can be found in most every area of this drama, and although it is hard to completely disregard the shortcomings, they are decidedly overcome. Once eternity is reached, the film takes a touch too long to unevenly unravel a sometimes formulaic, frequently melodramatic and somewhat thin narrative, but engagement value is consistently sustained by the lavish locations, noble subject matter, thoughtful writing, effective direction and strong performances by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra which make Fred Zinnemann's "From Here to Eternity" a compelling, intimate portrait on the challenges of soldiers which extent beyond the military. 3/5 - Good
    Cameron J Super Reviewer

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