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Plot, Details & Awards

From Here to Eternity

Not Rated In Theaters 08/5/1953 , 118min.
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Plot & Details

The scene is Schofield Army Barracks in Honolulu, in the languid days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, where James Jones' acclaimed war novel From Here to Eternity brought the aspirations and frustrations of several people sharply into focus. Sergeant Milt Warden (Burt Lancaster) enters into an affair with Karen (Deborah Kerr), the wife of his commanding officer. Private Robert E. Lee "Prew" Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a loner who lives by his own code of ethics and communicates better with his bugle than he does with words. Prew's best friend is wisecracking Maggio (Frank Sinatra, in an Oscar-winning performance that revived his flagging career), who has been targeted for persecution by sadistic stockade sergeant Fatso Judson (Ernest Borgnine). Rounding out the principals is Alma Lorene (Donna Reed), a "hostess" at the euphemistically named whorehouse The New Congress Club. All these melodramatic joys and sufferings are swept away by the Japanese attack on the morning of December 7. No words could do justice to the film's most famous scene: the nocturnal romantic rendezvous on the beach, with Burt Lancaster's and Deborah Kerr's bodies intertwining as the waves crash over them. If you're able to take your eyes off the principals for a moment or two, keep an eye out for George Reeves; his supporting role was shaved down when, during previews, audiences yelled "There's Superman!" and began to laugh. From Here to Eternity won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and supporting awards to Sinatra and Reed.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Drama or Comedy Score Morris W. Stoloff Nominated
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography Burnett Guffey Won
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Buddy Adler Won
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Donna Reed Won
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Burt Lancaster Nominated
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Montgomery Clift Nominated
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Costume Design Jean Louis Nominated
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Deborah Kerr Nominated
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Frank Sinatra Won
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay Daniel Taradash Won
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Fred Zinnemann Won
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Drama or Comedy Score George Duning Nominated
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Faye Emerson Won
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing William Lyon Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Fred Zinnemann Won
1953 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Frank Sinatra Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1954 Cannes Film Festival Out Of Competition Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 Directors Guild of America Best Director Fred Zinnemann Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won
1953 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director Fred Zinnemann Won
1953 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Burt Lancaster Won

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