From Here to Eternity is a classic American drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and released in 1953. It is based on the novel of the same name by James Jones.
Set in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the film tells the story of a group of soldiers stationed at the Schofield Barracks. The central character is Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt, a talented but rebellious soldier who refuses to join the boxing team and is subjected to a series of brutal hazing rituals by his fellow soldiers.
Meanwhile, Sergeant Milton Warden, a married man, begins an affair with Karen Holmes, the unhappy wife of his commanding officer. The film also explores the experiences of other soldiers, including the cruel and sadistic Sergeant “Fatso” Judson and the troubled Private Angelo Maggio.
From Here to Eternity was a critical and commercial success upon its release, winning eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra. The film is widely regarded as a classic of American cinema and a landmark in the portrayal of military life on the big screen. It is also notable for its iconic beach scene, in which Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr embrace in the surf.
|Directed by||Fred Zinnemann|
|Produced by||Buddy Adler|
|Screenplay by||Daniel Taradash|
|Based on||From Here to Eternity
by James Jones
|Starring||Burt Lancaster Montgomery Clift Deborah Kerr Donna Reed Frank Sinatra|
|Music by||George Duning|
|Edited by||William A. Lyon|
|Color process||Black and white|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date||August 5, 1953|
|Running time||118 minutes|
|Box office||$30.5 million|