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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra
  • Directors: Fred Zinnemann
  • Writers: Daniel Taradash, James Jones
  • Producers: Buddy Adler
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N52K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,970 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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(r), including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess.

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From Here to Eternity offers a much more heartfelt interpretation of the event that propelled the United States into World War II than any film made in recent years. Here there are no angst-ridden scenes where "true love" returns from the dead, no costly CGI and definitely no Hallmark happy ending. This is a film about illicit sex, military machismo and tragic loss of love, friendship and ultimately life. The filmmakers did, however, have to make some compromises when adapting James Jones's novel: Alma becomes a "hostess" rather than a prostitute and the very downbeat ending, where Captain Holmes is essentially rewarded for his brutality by the military, was replaced with the morally acceptable punishment of his actions by a more self-aware army. Although Private Robert E Lee Pruitt's story provides the meat of the film, there are other subplots woven into the narrative, including a couple of doomed love affairs, which explore themes of adultery and social acceptance. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) begins a torrid affair with the commander's wife Karen (Deborah Kerr) leading to one of the most famous moments in movie history--the "clinch in the surf". From then on everything is challenged. Love, honour and eventually whether you should conform or stand up for what you believe in. At the end the couples are left wondering about the future of their relationship, but fate decides for them as the Japanese launch their attack on Pearl Harbor, leaving us with one of the most dramatic and moving endings of any war film.

On the DVD: The black and white film is not anamorphically enhanced but presented full frame in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, although the transfer is well done and the picture is pretty sharp. Sound is 2.0 mono rather than the standard 5.1 reworking of the audio track, and it works. The dialogue is clear without any noticeable hiss. There's a 22-minute "making of" documentary, which doesn't really do justice to the film and contains very little information of interest. Along with this is Fred Zinnemann's As I See It, an extract from the director's home video footage from the shoot. You also get the theatrical trailer, but the best feature is the audio commentary, by Fred Zinnemann's son Tim and screenwriter Alvin Sargent, which has some fantastic detail about the struggle between director and studio-head Harry Cohn over casting, along with the run-ins with the censor and US military over the "inflammatory nature" of the film.--Kristen Bowditch

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
From the days when doorstop novels (or at least large chunks of them) were turned into films rather than mini-series, From Here to Eternity may be toned down to please both the censors and the US Army, whose co-operation was vital to the film, but it's still a superb piece of film-making that slips in a few powerful punches between the lines.

Set in Pearl Harbor in the months leading up to the Japanese attack, it focuses on two professional soldiers: Prewitt (Montgomery Clift), a hard-headed ex-boxer given 'the treatment' by his commanding officer to force him to fight in the regimental boxing championships, and the company's Top Sergeant (Burt Lancaster), who is having an affair with the officer's frigid wife (Deborah Kerr).

Daniel Taradish's screenplay is a masterpiece of snappy construction, perfectly mirrored by Fred Zinnemann's directorial style that brings out both the toughness and the sentiment with a convincing lack of sensationalism. And what a cast: Lancaster a convincing mixture of toughness and emotional vulnerability, a surprisingly sexy Kerr, Donna Reed playing tough against type, Borgnine at his meanest and a wonderful array of character actors. Clift may make an unlikely boxer, but his performance is one of his best, as is that of Sinatra, always under-rated as an actor on those occasions when he made an effort, as his doomed best friend Maggio.

With a good DVD transfer, this is let down by the extras - only a teaser trailer, a making-of featurette that runs a full two minutes (!!!), a brief extract from a documentary about the director and an audio commentary by Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent. This is still well worth adding to your collection, though. Classic films often don't live up to their reputations. This one does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By j.r on 1 Jun. 2011
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From Here To Eternity is not quite the masterpiece I was expecting. I can however understand why at the time the film was a success and much of it can still be highly appreciated.
This film is a love story that focuses on two seperate couples, but even these love stories aren't particuarly romantic in the traditional sense(despite the classic waves on the beach scene), and are quite psychological and dark. The film isn't a war picture, the Pearl harbour attack only coming at the very end. The film isn't a soldiers getting ready for war film either as the plots focus is completaly on the romances and an on going story about getting Montgomery Clift into the boxing team. Considering the film is set in Pearl Harbour, you don't really get a feel for the location, the main bulk of the film could have been set anywhere, you don't see much of Hawaihi. You see alot of interiors of barracks and bars and nightclubs with just the occasional interesting outdoor shot(like the classic beach scene). If the film had been made a few years later in widescreen I think it would have looked alot better, but then you probabaly wouldn't of got this fantastic cast. Burt Lancaster is amazing,especially in action at the end and during a brilliant drunk scene, which I found hilarious. Montgomery Clift plays his part with convincing intensity. Donna Reed and Deborah Kerr play their parts very believably as women trying to take control of their futures with their men, with Kerr wanting Lancaster to become an Officer and Reed after reluctantly(at first) but finally desperately falling in love with Clift trys all she can to protect him. Frank Sinatra and Ernest Borgnine also feature strongly.
You could compare the film to Casablanca, and it's almost as good.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on 8 Feb. 2003
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This ia a case of an outstanding movie being adapted from a great book.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY presents a realistic portrait of army life in Hawaii immediately before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film features strong performances by Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine and Montgomery Clift. An extremely competent supporting cast includes Jack Warden, Philip Ober and Mickey Shaughnessy.
Burt Lancaster makes a convincing first sergeant. One who is running the show and is full of knowledge about how the army really works. He also has good instincts when it comes time to act as he demonstrates in the showdown with the sadistic "Fatso" played by Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine himself is exceptional in his most famous impersonation of a villain.
Frank Sinatra definitely deserves his Oscar in the role of the defiant Maggio. However, after seeing Lee Marvin play a drunk it is hard to appreciate any other actor's attempt compared with Marvin's portrayal of one in PAINT YOUR WAGON.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY was a relatively low-budget production but it still managed to receive five Academy Awards and eight nominations.
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FROM HERE TO ETERNITY [1953] [Blu-ray] [US Import] The Boldest Book of Our Time . . . Honestly, Fearlessly on the Screen!

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.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Academy Awards®: Won: Best Picture for Buddy Adler. Won: Best Director for Fred Zinnemann. Won: Best Writing for a Screenplay for Daniel Taradash. Won: Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra. Best Supporting Actress for Donna Reed. Won: Best Cinematography in Black-and-White for Burnett Guffey. Won: Best Film Editing for William A. Lyon. Won: Best Sound Recording for John P. Livadary. Nominated: Best Actor for Montgomery Clift. Nominated: Best Actor for Burt Lancaster. Nominated: Best Actress for Deborah Kerr. Nominated: Best Costume Design in Black-and-White for Jean Louis. Nominated: Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture for George Duning and Morris Stoloff. Golden Globe® Awards: Won: Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra. Won: Best Director for Fred Zinnemann. New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Won: Best Film. Won: Best Actor for Burt Lancaster. Won: Best Director for Fred Zinnemann. Cannes Film Festival: Won: Special Award of Merit. Nominated: Grand Prize of the Festival. BAFTA® Award: Nominated: Best Film from Any Source.
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