From Here to Eternity

Drama | In English | 118 minutes

From Here to Eternity consists of intertwining stories  taking place at Schofield Barracks on Oahu, Hawaii. The time is 1941.  Private Prewitt was a boxer who stopped fighting when he blinded an opponent. Captain Dana Holmes wants Prewitt on his regimental team. When Prewitt refuses, he is hazed by Holmes and the NCOs. Prewitt is supported by his close friend Private Maggio. Maggio’s contrary behavior and a night of drunkenness has him ending up in the stockade where the sadistic head, “Fatso” Judson brutalizes him. While in one of the local clubs, Prewitt falls for Lorene, a sultry hostess. Meanwhile, Captain Holmes’s First Sergeant, Milton Warden, has an affair with the Captain’s wife, Karen. While these relationships unravel, not always successfully,  Japanese naval and air forces attack Pearl Harbor, killing over 3,000 Americans. For the U.S., it’s the beginning of World War II.  
Burt Lancaster (First Sergeant Milton Warden) / Montgomery Clift (Private “Prew” Prewitt) / Frank Sinatra (Private Angelo Maggio) / Deborah Kerr (Karen Holmes) / Donna Reed (Lorene) / Philip Ober (Captain Dana Holmes) / Ernest Borgnine (Staff Sergeant “Fatso” Judson)
Why Stream This Film?
It doesn’t happen often for a film adapted from a novel: Film critics deemed From Here to Eternity as good as, if not better, than  James Jones’s masterpiece.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 92%
  • Metacritic Score: 85
  • Academy Awards: Winners: Best Motion Picture; Best Director (Fred Zinnemann); Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra); Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed); Best Screenplay (Daniel Taradash); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Burnett Guffey)
  • Directors Guild of America: Winner, Outstanding Directorial Achievement (Fred Zinnemann)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann); Best Actor (Burt Lancaster)
  • The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Out of FROM HERE to ETERNITY,” a novel whose anger and compassion stirred post-war reading public as few works have, Columbia and a company of sensitive hands have forged a film almost as towering and persuasive as its source. Credit Fred Zinnemann with an export directorial achievement in maintaining these various involvements on equal and lucid levels.
A.H. Weiler

The New York Times

The James Jones bestseller, FROM HERE to ETERNITY, has become an outstanding motion picture in this smash screen adaptation. Fred Zinnemann’s direction is solid handling of motion picture dramatics.
William Brogdon


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