From Here to Eternity

DVD - 2001
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
From Here to Eternity
Drama about life in the Army in the days prior to World War II. Shows the effect of Army discipline on an individualistic former boxing champion who defies the attempts of officers and men to break him when he refuses to fight on the company's boxing team. Includes actual scenes of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Based upon James Jones’ novel, Fred Zinnemann’s multiple award-winning romantic tragedy is set in the days leading up to Pearl Harbour. Newly transferred to Schofield army base in Hawaii, Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt (an intense Montgomery Clift) immediately gets on the wrong side of his commanding officer Capt. Holmes when he declines to use his fighting skills in order to help the company win an annual boxing competition. Not used to having his requests denied, the egotistical Holmes sets about making the young private’s life miserable through a combination of demeaning duties and physical abuse. Refusing to be broken by Holmes’ sadistic tactics, Prewitt finds solace in the arms of a local escort (Donna Reed’s Oscar performance) and the drunken camaraderie of his best friend Angelo (Frank Sinatra’s Oscar performance). But when Angelo’s impudence and cocky attitude lead to deadly consequences, Prewitt’s life takes a tragic turn of its own. Meanwhile, Holmes’ marriage is on the rocks thanks to his many past affairs prompting his embittered wife (an unexpectedly sultry Deborah Kerr) to embark upon a romantic indiscretion of her own—with Sgt. Warden, her husband’s second-in-command (Burt Lancaster oozing masculinity from every pore). And then the Japanese attack and everyone’s life is thrown back into the blender one final time… Although the original earthiness and cynical army-bashing of Jones’ book was toned down considerably by the censors, Zinneman’s film still manages to cast a few stones at the military mindset while a handful of carefully edited embraces, including Kerr and Lancaster’s famous beachside tussle, merely suggest a far deeper eroticism. The closing scenes in which war finally rears its ugly head over our lovers’ tropical idyll are an incredible blending of big screen chaos and personal horror. A true classic.

Dec 04, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's not really a war movie, as Pearl Harbor isn't attacked until the end of the movie and the rest of the film is character-driven. Somehow they filmmakers took James Jones's massive, bruising 800 page novel and made it into a rousing, romantic melodrama. The cast is excellent; Sinatra was in the film version of another Jones novel, "Some Came Running." Won a crap load of Oscars in 1954.

Apr 10, 2014

I might be the only person alive who thinks that Sinatra's performance was really not very good.

Jul 19, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A classic, and a powerful one, but a definite downer. Not for date night. Possibly the best acting job Sinatra ever did.

Mar 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good film; great cast. I'm not big on the war movie machismo melodramas, though.

Jul 11, 2012
  • creyola rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A Hollywood classic that was incredibly well done. Everyone should have to watch this movie at least once.


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Mar 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Alma 'Lorene' Burke (offered a drink): "No, thanks, I don't drink. I think it's a weakness." Angelo Maggio: "I grant ya that." Alma 'Lorene' Burke (to Prewitt): "You don't like weakness, do you?" Robert E. Lee Prewitt: "No, I don't like weakness... but I like to drink!"


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