From Here To Eternity 1953

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.


In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) 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. Winner of eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), FROM HERE TO ETERNITY provided truly career defining roles for Frank Sinatra as Prewitt's buddy and Donna Reed (IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE), as a not-so-wholesome "club hostess".

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Critic Reviews

  • Play It Again – From Here to Eternity

    Reviewed by Jess Lomas

    Best known for the iconic kissing-in-the-waves scene, there’s a lot more to love about From Here to Eternity than Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster frolicking in the sand. Set on an American military...

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Member Reviews

  • Montgomery Clift was another who died too young ?

  • An incredible drama with so many twists and turns. Quite the surprise. I realise the era was wartime and men were often portrayed as hard and tough back then but did the women have to be so deranged? Not to be too critical, I still enjoyed this story of life on the army base in Hawaii in the lead-up to Dec. 7th 1941. These classics don't all age well and in parts the script didn't but in some parts was beautiful. eg all scenes of the bugle playing.

  • What a legendary film. I was thoroughly impressed with it, especially Montgromery Clift and Deborah Kerr. They were the standouts :)

  • Really interesting to finally see this classic. A great story about life in a US Army base on Hawaii at the commencement of WW2. Surprised to find out the famous 'beach kiss with wave' scene was a 2 second segment about a love story that wasn't even the main storyline.

  • Interesting story but it is really a story about stupid people doing stupid things. The ending was very unsatisfactory.

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