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From Here to Eternity
Not Rated
118 minutes
Drama War Romance
1953

Winner of eight Academy Awards® and the biggest-grossing movie in Columbia history to that time, this powerful film adaptation of James Jones' blockbuster novel washed away the last traces of the studio's B-picture origins and made it truly one of the majors. Set in Hawaii at the outset of Pearl Harbor, it shows how the lives of several Army personnel and their women intersect. Burt Lancaster stars as the rugged sergeant who's having an affair with his commander's wife, Deborah Kerr, cast against type. Montgomery Clift appears as the sensitive bugler with a past, with Donna Reed playing the "party girl" he comes to love. Frank Sinatra (in the mother of all comebacks) portrays a pathetic little private, and Ernest Borgnine is the brutal sergeant in charge of the stockade, plus a cast of colorful supporting characters: Jack Warden, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Claude Akins and George Reeves. The Oscars® went to Best Picture, Supporting Actor and Actress (Sinatra and Reed), Director (Fred Zinnemann), Adapted Screenplay (Daniel Taradash), Cinematography (Burnett Guffey), plus Editing and Sound. (It was nominated for twelve in all.) The film also includes the famous necking-on-the-beach scene that has been endlessly parodied since, most notably by Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on "Your Show of Shows."

Cast
Burt Lancaster
Sgt. Milton Warden
Montgomery Clift
Robert E. Lee Prewitt
Deborah Kerr
Karen Holmes
Frank Sinatra
Angelo Maggio
Donna Reed
Alma aka Lorene
Philip Ober
Capt. Dana Holmes
Ernest Borgnine
Sgt. Fatso Judson
Director
Fred Zinnemann
Writer
Screenplay by Daniel Taradash; Based upon the novel by James Jones
Producer
Buddy Adler
Facts
Oscars© Actor in a Supporting role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Picture, Sound, Writing (Original Screenplay)
Country USA
Language English