From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

DVD - 2003
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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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Vincent T Lombardo Dec 11, 2015

A great movie! The screenplay is excellent, and the performances are terrific!

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franque
Dec 03, 2015

Someone once said to me "if you wanna know how the demise of the American family happened, look to Hollywood & the sexual revolution." Years ago I thought that was a foolish statement by some unenlightened prude. But as I watch more old classic films I see how right that statement was.

Fine acting & lovely sets but this movie just didn't do it for me. The plot involved sad people making sad choices just because they could. There was no dignity in their circumstances with the exception of Pruitt who for most of the film until towards the end, had integrity. I'm not sure why this film got so many awards or is so popular. It's ultimately a shell of a film & has very little value to offer.

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voisjoe1_0
Nov 12, 2015

Nominated for 13 Oscars, winner of 7. This is a film set in Hawaii, mostly in peace time before the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is the story of individuals connected to the army base, individuals not fully satisfied with their lives. This is the film supposedly in which Frank Sinatra was given a major role on orders from the Mafia to rejuvenate his failing career (as told early in the Godfather - remember the horse's bloody head in the filmmaker's bed?).

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rinaldoverde
Sep 20, 2015

Still has all of its power even after all these years. Some classics never grow old.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

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.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 04, 2014

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.

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bigmanwithbigtits
Apr 10, 2014

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

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rslade
Jul 19, 2013

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

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Monolith
Mar 02, 2013

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

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creyola
Jul 11, 2012

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

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Monolith
Mar 02, 2013

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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