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FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)

This riveting screen adaptation of James Jones's novel about Army life in Hawaii in the idyllic days leading up to Dec. 7, 1941, is best remembered for one of the most memorable love scenes in cinema history: an impassioned Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling around in the sand and foam of Halona Cove Beach. All told, the film – directed by Fred Zinnemann – won eight Oscars, including awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed) and Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra).

The perfect cast includes: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, George Reeves, Jack Warden, and Claude Akins.

#52 on the AFI Top 100. Twelve Oscar nominations; eight wins (Best Picture, Direction, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress,Writing, Cinematography, Editing, and Sound).

With "From Here to Eternity" the Director, Fred Zinnemann, provided a powerful, involving look at pre-Pearl Harbor military and civilian life in Hawaii.

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This story takes place just before the attack by the Japanese in Pearl Harbor, in 1941 on Schofield Army Base in Hawaii. One storyline follows the sufferings and travails of new transfer, Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift). Despite the wishes of his new Captain, Captain Dana Holmes (Philip Ober), Prewitt adamantly won't represent the company by boxing. The unpleasant consequences of his refusal make his life "a living hell." Subplots revolve around an adulterous affair between the unhappily married Sargeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and the Captain's wife, Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr). Prewitt manages to find love with a social club employee Alma Burk, or "Lorene," Donna Reed), despite his other troubles.

When the attack finally comes, one can see them follow through beautifully as soldiers, a direct contrast to how they handled "real life situations and matters of the heart." While they could be trained to be soldiers, the non-regimented life proved to be more emotionally hard to handle.

The film is a classic because of the involving story and excellent performances, particularly by Lancaster, Kerr, Sinatra, and Clift. It won Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, (Daniel Taradash adapting James Jones' novel), Cinematography and supporting actors, Reed and Sinatra.

My favorite scene is a brawl between Staff Sergeant "Fatso" Judson (Borgnine) and Pvt. Angelo Maggio (Sinatra). The scene is tough, intense, and realistic.

The film is said to have revived Sinatra's career. After appearing in this film, and winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, Sinatra's music and film career, both of which were in decline, took off. Sinatra's music career has stayed solid, although acting jobs have been scarce in the last few decades.

If you enjoyed FROM HERE TO ETERNITY you may like PEARL HARBOR , THE PATRIOT, SO PROUDLY WE HAIL, FATHER GOOSE, SOUTH PACIFIC and THE LONGEST DAY.