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From Here to Eternity

  • Drama
  • 1953
  • Fred Zinnemann
  • 118 mins
  • PG


Oscar-winning drama, based on the novel by James Jones, starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra. When private Robert E Lee Prewitt transfers to Schofield Barracks, Pearl Harbor, his new commander offers him the longed-for post of bugler if he will box for the company. But Prewitt refuses, having once blinded his best friend in the ring, and a battle of wills begins that will come to affect the lives of many around them.



A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Director Fred Zinnemann's powerful adaptation of James Jones's bestseller won eight Oscars, upset the military and resurrected the acting career of Frank Sinatra. It's a portrait of life in and around the US Army's Schofield Barracks at Pearl Harbor in the days leading up to the Japanese attack in December 1941. Bullying, sadism and adultery eventually give way to heroism and sacrifice as the bombs fall. The characters may sound like stereotypes - the macho sergeant (Burt Lancaster), the unhappy wife (Deborah Kerr), the reluctant boxer (Montgomery Clift), the persecuted Italian GI (Frank Sinatra) and the sadistic stockade sergeant (Ernest Borgnine) - but they're brought to life by superb performances. And amid all the brawling, Lancaster and Kerr embrace in the pounding surf in what remains one of cinema's most iconic clinches.

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Sergeant Milton WardenBurt Lancaster
Karen HolmesDeborah Kerr
Robert E Lee PrewittMontgomery Clift
Angelo MaggioFrank Sinatra
Alma / LoreneDonna Reed
Sergeant "Fatso" JudsonErnest Borgnine
Captain Dana HolmesPhilip Ober
Corporal BuckleyJack Warden
Sergeant LevaMickey Shaughnessy
MazzioliHarry Bellaver
Sergeant Maylon StarkGeorge Reeves
Sergeant Ike GalovitchJohn Dennis
Sergeant Pete KarelsenTim Ryan
Sergeant "Baldy" DhomClaude Akins
Sergeant HendersonRobert J Wilke


DirectorFred Zinnemann


Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Black and white
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