• From Here to Eternity (1953)

From Here to Eternity

Release Date: August 5th, 1953

DVD Release Date: October 23rd, 2001

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

At an Army barracks in Hawaii in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, lone-wolf soldier and boxing champion "Prew" Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) refuses to box, preferring to play the bugle instead. Hard-hearted Capt. Holmes (Philip Ober) subjects Prew to a grueling series of punishments while, unknown to Holmes, the gruff but fair Sgt. Warden (Burt Lancaster) engages in a clandestine affair with the captain's mistreated wife (Deborah Kerr).

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine, Philip Ober, Jack Warden

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Forbidden love, Soldier, Love, Sacrifice, Wife, 1940s, Underdog, Passionate

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Ty BurrBoston Globe

    So clear-eyed and three-dimensional that it makes the recent ''Pearl Harbor'' look like a bunch of kids playing dress up. Aspects of the film have dated, but in the important things it's more mature than anything proposed lately by modern Hollywood. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    This cast could hardly be bettered and it's a great story as well: a taut, engrossing, highly perceptive scan of the fears, desires, repressions and ugliness boiling under the deceptively quiet surface of pre-war years. Our movies rarely get an American story this rich, evocative and true, and rarely realize it as well. If "Eternity" has dated at all, it's only in a good way; we can only wish our own movies were half as good or reflected American reality half as well. [5 Dec 2003, p.C8]

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The film tells a compelling story with many of the elements that audiences find appealing. However, 65 years later, there’s little about From Here to Eternity to differentiate it from other well-made productions of its era. show more

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Nominated Costume Design (Black-and-White)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Winner Directing
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1954)
Winner Writing (Screenplay)
Winner Sound Recording
Winner Film Editing