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From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden and Karen Holmes tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2013]
Edition: Blu-ray version full screen version.
Branch Call Number: BLU FEATURE FRO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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Feb 04, 2021

2-1/2 just in case my era filter is faulty, but I don't understand the awards and reverence for this film. I assume 1953 was well into noir, so this competitor must have chosen romance over reality.

The relationships were extremely rushed and lacked emotion. Couples acted like they needed to race from forced greeting to marriage proposal in 48hrs, which I believe was intended to be part of the telling, but that didn't negate having chemistry, or even a single scene of behaving with class. Would a 1953 audience be shocked that a self-anointed alpha male and a disgruntled housewife jumped in bed just because he challenged some low-hanging fruit? Were both audience sexes so happy to imagine themselves trading places with those two that character personas didn't matter? Worse than high school. Even if you romanticise "bad" dance hall girls marrying the "bad" man of their dreams and escaping–a polite depiction or the good whore fantasy–that didn't mean it needed to be depicted like a coin flip between the desperate. I can't imagine induced thoughtfulness by comparing all the bad characters, as they all seem to have decent lives and jobs. I assume I don't appreciate it because there's been too much homelessness, unemployment, addiction, corruption, violence, and war since 1953.

I love Kerr and Lancaster and assumed my long-delayed viewing would be great, but FHTE was only a laundry list of talking points about USA cusp-WWII: relationship desperation, war drum anxiety, Pearl Harbour surprise, military peace-time Peter principal, officer versus enlisted disparity, posh Hawaii garrison, all of it just preying on the audience's fresh memory of WWII with some star power, and a closing scene to remind us that everyone loses when the movie didn't seem that bad in the telling.

Aug 19, 2020

An old movie about the raw and brutal military life before the Pearl Harbor attack. The film was performed by many big stars and had won 8 Academy Awards. Although it is in black and white but still a good watch.

Aug 02, 2020

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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