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From Here to Eternity
- Dashiell Barnes
The Best Picture winner of '53 is this toned-down, but still powerful melodrama adapted from Jones' novel . The lives of military men in Hawaii are interrupted by Pearl Harbour. Excellent performances overall; Clift, Lancaster & Kerr were nominated for their leading performances, and Sinatra & Reed won Oscars for their supporting roles. The film was also honoured for Zinnemann's direction, adapted screenplay, editing, cinematography & sound. Still a great film that tackles themes of adultery, prostitution, military injustice & murder. I give it a 5/5.
Finding Love in All the Wrong Moments of Time
- Eddie Foster
I thankfully purchased this film for my Kindle Fire on July 8, 2012 when Ernest Borgnine died and boy what an incredible movie. I kept passing the movie up because I didn't know what to expect of it. I knew it would be a love story (iconic scene with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr) and I knew it would be a war film. I didn't know that everything in the character's lives was a personal battle. Montgomery Clift's character was the most fascinating in the bunch along with Lancaster and so were all of the supports (Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed in Academy Award winning roles). The direction and the screenplay really brought all of the characters together. A solid picture. A must-see.
Pure classic cinema...
- Steve S.
Except for the unhappy ending (yes, I'm a sucker for happy endings) I can't find a thing "wrong" with this film. Reed and Kerr simply knock my sock's off and the rest of the cast, script, direction etc are suberb!
when i was a kid, my mom almost killed when I accidently recorded over her copy. i don't think she ever completely forgave me. i tried to make it up to her by buy her a a ten tape box set that had movies by John Wayne Humphrey Bogart and Alan Ladd among others
from here to eternity
Although this was a terrfic movie and I really like Frank Sinatra, I don't think he should have won the academy award.
Contains a movie myth
- Mr. Blandings
The oft-repeated cinema myth regarding this film is that the test audience giggled and called out "Superman!" whenever actor George Reeves appeared on the screen, and that this prompted the worried director to cut down the actor's parts drastically. Well - as it is with all myths and urban legends - this one is patently false. According to the *director himself* (and he would know) all that he filmed of Reeves is right there in the final movie; there were no deleted parts, and if anyone recognized the actor they sure didn't let on vocally. It is time that this myth was put to rest, so hopefully the next time this movie airs on TCM, I hope the hosts will do some research first, check on the director's own words, and not just lazily pass on what is a lie ... and an insult to both the actor and the director.
- kyle rhoads
This is one, if not my favorite war film of all time i love this movie!!! all the great qualities that make a masterpiece!!!
Who wouldn't want a romp in the sand.
Good, but could have been great
- Dennis Kirsch
I've seen it several times, and always enjoyed it. However, I later read the book, and felt the movie could have been much better if it had followed the book more closely. However, at the time it was filmed, Donna Reed as a prostitute would likely not have played so well to American audiences.
From Here To Eternity
This is all about those "once in a life time converging factors" when every thing was right at the exact moment it was filmed. I want more from this movie: story, the actors, the directions, costumes, scenery everything! For the audience of the 1950's this was as good as it got. As an average film goer of today I still get it. I want more from everyone on that screen. And the kissing in the surf scene is still hot even by today's "anything goes" standards. Funny, in an odd piece of irony, I would pay the nine dollars for a theater ticket to see this masterpiece in the large theater. I cannot say that about most movies being presented today.
Another Oscar-Winning Wartime Romance.
- Frank Harris Horn
Fred Zinneman assembles a magnificent all-star cast led by Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, and going on location in Honolulu and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to film one of the great wartime romances of the 20th century. Based on James Jones' best-seller set in pre-World War II Hawaii, it tells of the illicit love affair between a U.S. Army sergeant (Lancaster) and the beautiful wife (Kerr) of the base commander, and how their lives will be affected by the oncoming Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Zinneman as Best Director, co-stars Frank Sinatra as Best Supporting Actor, and Donna Reed as Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay Adaptation, Best Cinematography (B&W), Best Sound Recording and Best Film Editing. Aloha, My Hawaii. Also starring Montgomery Clift, Phillip Ober, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, George Reeves, John Dennis, Claude Akins, Tim Ryan, Merle Travis, Joan Shawlee, Robert Karnes, Douglas Henderson, John Bryant, Mary Carver, Robert J. Wilke, Carleton G. Young, Don Dubbins & Willis Bouchey.
Love, love, love it!
One of the masterpieces of movie making. Truly romantic setting in gorgeous Hawaii, superb acting and a wonderful cast of characters whose lives intertwine for better or worse in the days prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The love affairs, the in-fighting between soldiers, the cruelty of bullies, the romance of the era. This movie has it all. I'm only sorry Deborah Kerr didn't win an Oscar for her performance here (or ever) or Burt Lancaster. Amazing performances. The sex appeal between the two stars is mind blowing. I wish I were inside this film. I love all the performances and am happy the Academy at least recognized Donna Reed and Sinatra for Oscars. Lancaster, Kerr, Clift, Sinatra, Reed, Borgnine, et al. LOVE IT!! 5 *****
One of the Truly Great Ones!!!
Beginning to end, one of the best!!! In all degrees!
A must see
This movie was just one of the best. Montgomery Clift, Burt Lanchaster, Ernest Borgnine, Frank Sinatra, Etc, Etc, Etc. Their performances were stellar. We don't even have to talk about the beach scene which is still to this day one of the sexiest things on film!
Definitive World War II Classic
- Bob Hendrick
When I think of great films about World War II, this is the first one that comes to mind. Fred Zinneman's black and white masterpiece. Burt Lancaster won best actor that year at the SAG Awards; but lost the Oscar to William Holden. Both were great, but I think the nod should have gone to Lancaster. Sinatra, Monty Clift, and Deborah Kerr were outstanding; and Donna Reed copped the supporting actress Oscar. Taradash's adapted screenplay was brilliant; and that beach scene with Lancaster and Kerr is to this day, the sexiest scene ever filmed. What a movie!
Great movie, just wonderful
This is considered one of the greatest movies of all time, and deserves the title. Everything about this is great. The acting is superb- all 5 of the movie's major performers were nominated for Oscars, and two won (Donna Reed for supporting actress and Frank Sinatra for supporting actor) It's a romantic and exciting story. The leading ladies are great in their roles. And to think Donna Reed's character was a prostitute yet they made it in these days without nudity or strong sexual content. Great all-around movie, I recommend it for anyone!