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From Here to Eternity Details

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The scene is Schofield Army Barracks in Honolulu, in the languid days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, where James Jones' acclaimed war novel From Here to Eternity brought the aspirations and frustrations of several people sharply into focus. Sergeant Milt Warden (Burt Lancaster) enters into an affair with Karen (Deborah Kerr), the wife of his commanding officer. Private Robert E. Lee "Prew" Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a loner who lives by his own code of ethics and communicates better with his bugle than he does with words. Prew's best friend is wisecracking Maggio (Frank Sinatra, in an Oscar-winning performance that revived his flagging career), who has been targeted for persecution by sadistic stockade sergeant Fatso Judson (Ernest Borgnine). Rounding out the principals is Alma Lorene (Donna Reed), a "hostess" at the euphemistically named whorehouse The New Congress Club. All these melodramatic joys and sufferings are swept away by the Japanese attack on the morning of December 7. No words could do justice to the film's most famous scene: the nocturnal romantic rendezvous on the beach, with Burt Lancaster's and Deborah Kerr's bodies intertwining as the waves crash over them. If you're able to take your eyes off the principals for a moment or two, keep an eye out for George Reeves; his supporting role was shaved down when, during previews, audiences yelled "There's Superman!" and began to laugh. George Reeves won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and supporting awards to Sinatra and Reed. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 24, 2010

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Lyon Best Editing 1953 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Burt Lancaster Best Actor 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Burt Lancaster Best Actor 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Burnett Guffey Best Black and White Cinematography 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Daniel Taradash Best Screenplay 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Deborah Kerr Best Actress 1953 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fred Zinnemann Best Director 1953 Winner
Directors Guild of America Fred Zinnemann Best Director 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fred Zinnemann Best Director 1953 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Fred Zinnemann Best Director 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Faye Emerson Best Sound 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Duning Best Drama or Comedy Score 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Louis Best Black and White Costume Design 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Montgomery Clift Best Actor 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Buddy Adler Best Picture 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Donna Reed Best Supporting Actress 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Morris W. Stoloff Best Drama or Comedy Score 1953 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Frank Sinatra Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Sinatra Best Supporting Actor 1953 Winner

Cast

Burt Lancaster
as Sgt. Milton Warden
Montgomery Clift
as Robert E. Lee Prewitt
Deborah Kerr
as Karen Holmes
Donna Reed
as Alma Lorene
Frank Sinatra
as Angelo Maggio
Ernest Borgnine
as Sgt. "Fatso" Judson
Philip Ober
as Capt. Dana Holmes
Mickey Shaughnessy
as Sgt.Leva
Harry Bellaver
as Mazzioli
Jack Warden
as Cpl. Buckley
Merle Travis
as Sal Anderson
Arthur Keegan
as Treadwell
Barbara Morrison
as Mrs. Kipfer
Jean Willes
as Annette
Claude Akins
as Sgt. Baldy Thom
Robert J. Wilke
as Sgt. Henderson
Douglas Henderson
as Cpl. Champ Wilson
George Reeves
as Sgt. Maylon Stark
Don Dubbins
as Friday Clark
Kristine Miller
as Georgette
Mack Chandler
Weaver Levy
as Bartender
Patrick Miller
Allen Pinson
Joseph Sargent
John Patrick Veitch
Louise Saraydar
Guy Way
Mary Carver
as Nancy
Freeman Lusk
as Col. Wood
Tyler McVey
as Maj. Stern
Fay Roope
as Gen. Slater
Delia Salvi
as Billie
Alvin Sargent
as Nair [uncredited]
Joan Shawlee
as Sandra
Angela Stevens
as Jean
Brick Sullivan
as Military Guard
Carleton Young
as Col. Ayres
Willis B. Bouchey
as Lieutenant Colonel
Delia Salvi
as Billie
Carleton Young
as Col. Ayres
Joan Shawlee
as Sandra
Mary Carver
as Nancy
Tyler McVey
as Maj. Stern
Freeman Lusk
as Col. Wood
Weaver Levy
as Bartender
Brick Sullivan
as Military Guard
Angela Stevens
as Jean
Fay Roope
as Gen. Slater
Alvin Sargent
as Nair [uncredited]

Crew

Fred Zinnemann
Director
Buddy Adler
Producer
Daniel Taradash
Screenwriter
Burnett Guffey
Cinematographer
Floyd D.Crosby
Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
William Lyon
Editor
Cary O'Dell
Art Director
Frank A. Tuttle
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Lodge Cunningham
Sound/Sound Designer
Earl Bellamy
First Assistant Director
Mushy Callahan
Consultant/advisor
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