Back From Eternity

1957

Back From Eternity

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Director John Farrow's Back From Eternity is a virtual scene-for-scene remake of Farrow's 1939 film Five Came Back. The earlier film is the better of the two, if only because it is 22 minutes shorter. The plot concerns a small passenger plane that crashlands in South America, square in the heart of headhunter country. Pilot Robert Ryan is able to get the plane back into flying condition; unfortunately he discovers that the plane will only be able to carry five of its eleven passengers to safety. Who will have to be left behind: condemned murderer Rod Steiger, socialite Phyllis Kirk, her weak-willed fiance Gene Barry, copilot Keith Andes, elderly married couple Beulah Bondi and Cameron Prud'homme, songstress Anita Ekberg, foul-tempered cop Fred Clark, soft-hearted crook Jesse White, or tousle-haired kid Jon Provost? Rod Steiger is just fine in the role orginally played by Joseph Calleia, but Ekberg is no match for the original's Lucille Ball.

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Critic Reviews for Back From Eternity

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Audience Reviews for Back From Eternity

  • Dec 28, 2019
    Performances and nice direction (John Farrow) put this little gem over as a plane goes down in the jungle and our cast must try to figure a way out. The secret of this work's working? Most of the players go against type, making for some surprising dynamics. Look for this one.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2019
    The story has lots of frayed portions, but this picture still holds together. Most intriguing are the performances from the three leads, Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg and Rod Steiger.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2013
    Solid remake of Five Came Back. Although not quite as good as the original this almost scene for scene redo is well acted by all. Top lined Robert Ryan is surprisingly not handed the flashiest role which goes to Rod Steiger but its nice to see him in good guy mode for a change.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2009
    An unheralded retooling of <i>Five Came Back</i> that's well worth a look.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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