From Here to Eternity (1953)

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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 is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden and Karen Holmes 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.


  • Burt Lancaster
  • Montgomery Clift
  • Deborah Kerr
  • Donna Reed
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Philip Ober
  • Mickey Shaughnessy
  • Harry Bellaver
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Jack Warden

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  • At the first meeting at the beach, Warden makes a comment about Karen "... acting like Lady Nancy Astor's horse...". This is a variant of "Mrs Astor's Pet Horse" and refers to someone who is either overly dressed-up or made-up, or full of self-importance ("Dictionary of American Regional English").
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  • Inside the dining room, Sgt. Warden puts some rolled up sheets of paper on the table. When Karen picks them up, they are unrolled.
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    • Angelo Maggio: Only my friends can call me a little wop!
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So clear-eyed and three-dimensional that it makes the recent ''Pearl Harbor'' look like a bunch of kids playing dress up. Aspects of the film have dated, but in the important things it's more mature than anything proposed lately by modern Hollywood.

Metacritic review by Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

This cast could hardly be bettered and it's a great story as well: a taut, engrossing, highly perceptive scan of the fears, desires, repressions and ugliness boiling under the deceptively quiet surface of pre-war years. Our movies rarely get an American story this rich, evocative and true, and rarely realize it as well. If Eternity has dated at all, it's only in a good way; we can only wish our own movies were half as good or reflected American reality half as well. [5 Dec 2003, p.C8]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The film tells a compelling story with many of the elements that audiences find appealing. However, 65 years later, there’s little about From Here to Eternity to differentiate it from other well-made productions of its era.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli