From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

DVD - 1989
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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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PineSisken02
Aug 02, 2020

Classic. Interested in reading the book to compare the two.

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BBRUTTIG
Feb 03, 2020

A VERY GOOD film about the love, intrique and adventures of Navy- civilian personnel in love and war before and during the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii. Big stars.

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Daf62757
Dec 30, 2019

If I had rated this back in the day, I would have given it 5 stars. But compared to modern movie technology, it lacked so much detail. Still, it was a good watch. The characters were interesting and the story line was good.

If I'm changing channels and run across "From Here to Eternity," I stop and watch it to the end. And when you get to the end, pay attention to the telling scene of the two women aboard ship, lying to one another about their men.

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dirtbag
Aug 06, 2019

The copy I got wouldn't play. Later got a different copy that did play. This was best picture for I think, 1953 (?). It was interesting as a movie of it's time...to me it came across as dated. In this movie the men are men and the women are willing. Everyone smokes and say's "ain't". The screen play was not very good and the acting was overdone a lot of the time. The fight scenes were funny. However, it is a classic so might be worth watching for the film history.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 15, 2019

VERY GOOD 1953 film with several fine actors and actresses set in Army base in Hawaii prior to Japanese 1941 attack starting WWII. It does provide an interesting peak into period army life (rather different than when I got drafted into the infantry in late 60's), including the different roles of men at various ranks - and the women involved in their lives, some working at 'girl clubs' on the island.
The film has lots of talented actors including Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra (who was particularly engaging in his lower rank army role) - and it was fun to see Donna Reed prior to her TV career.

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AureliaReads
Aug 24, 2018

With only 1 copy, am asking Ottawa library friends to please consider NOT keeping a 2 hour movie for the full 3 weeks. A 14 month wait is a long time ! Have rarely been on a wait list that moved so slowly.

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akirakato
Jan 18, 2018

Directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1953 based on the novel of the same name by James Jones, this drama deals with the tribulations of three U.S. Army soldiers, played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra, stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
I've viewed this movie three times and the iconic beach scene of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr has been firmly etched into the back of my mind.
At the time of the release, the US Army was reportedly not pleased with its depiction in the finished film, and refused to let its name be used in the opening credits.
The Navy also banned the film from being shown to its servicemen, calling it derogatory of a sister service and a discredit to the armed services.
That was a long time ago.
I'm pretty sure that both armies are now more than pleased to view the movie.

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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