From Here To Eternity details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Deborah Kerr, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Montgomery Clift, Mickey Sha, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, Donna Reed|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||American Film Institute's top 100, Best Picture Oscar Winners|
From Here To Eternity
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Jan 2002|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
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Over-rated and bordering on tediousBy roncoach (370 reviews) from suffolk , 20 Oct 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]I watch this film from time to time to see if I can make more of it than I have done for 50 years. After all, it won 8 out of the 13 Oscars for which it was nominated, including the major prizes of best film and best direction.
But still, it leaves me disappointed. It's not that I think it's a bad film as such......it's more that I cannot understand how a fair to middling movie can be so highly regarded ( and I am a real film buff.......see my reviews and my Top100 List).
As far as the Oscars are concerned, I disagree with them all with the exception of Sinatra's Best Supporting Actor's award Though Ernest Borgnine might also have at least been nominated alongside him, but not as eventual winner).Burt Lancaster failed to get Best Actor award when I think he might have won it .......and Montgomery Clift was nominated for Best Actor too.....which would have been just too much to bear if he'd won : it's all about opinions, isn't it ?
The best picture and best director are also dubious.....I believe both should have gone to 'Roman Holiday', but that opinion is I admit open to question. What surely cannot be doubted is the travesty of awarding the Best Supporting Acteress Award to Donna Reed.......1953 may have been a sparse year for this particular award, but Donna Reed's performance is completely unworthy : I think Thelma Ritter was among the other nominees, and she'd be my choice.Donna Reed was so unspectacular as to be risible.
I wonder about all the Oscars awarded , considering that the only other major contentender films were 'Roman Holiday' and 'Stalag 17'------good films but not among the 'greats' ...and neither is 'From Here To Eternity' among the greats.....by a long way.
So perhaps we can forget the Oscars' debacle and move on to the film itself.
The setting is good......anything around Pearl Harbour in late 1941 is going to be interesting. BUT, it cries out to be made in Colour, in order to show those glorious colours of sky, scenery, costume and overall impression of Hawaii. I have this awful feeling that it was made in B&W solely so the 20 seconds of actual 1941 newsreel footage could be slipped in to the 2 hour film !!!!!
The story ? Well.........there are perhaps to many storylines which IMHO Director Fred does not intertwine too successfully. I believe too that Montgomery Clift is a poor third when compared to Lancaster and Sinatra.
Deborah Kerr also seems totally miscast-----she just is not associated ( quite rightly) with such roles......she's way out of her depth here. I imagine Ava Gardner or Rita Hayworth or Marilyn.........all of whom are ideal especially the former....and I have to sit thru 2 hours of Debs, the English Rose trying to bring some glam/sex to a role she could never do justice to.
And as the film progresses ( and as I watch it for the 6th or 7th time), the more I feel that this '8-Oscar blockbuster' is little more than a tragi-soap opera. It was fine as a TV serial back in the ......70s(??)----I quite enjoyed that attempt----, but as a major Hollywood Classic Movie-----never !
So I go against the trend of so many other viewers and critics who have fallen for the oh so dull 'sex in the surf' hype and the 'wow, it's won 8 Oscars : it MUST be acclaimed'.
Not for me.......................
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EternityBy Gavin O'Donnell from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire , 26 Mar 2007It's 1941. Robert E Lee has requested army transfer and has ended up at Schofield in Hawaii. His new Captain, Dana Holmes, has heard of his boxing prowess and is keen to get him represent the company. However 'Prew' is adamant he doesn't box anymore, so Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile Sergeant Warden starts seeing the Captains wife, who has a history of seeking external relief from a troubled marriage. Prew's friend Maggio has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade Sergeant 'Fatso' Jordan, and Prew begins falling in love social club employee Lorene. Unbeknownst to anyone,the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor looms in the distance.
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'Unfilmable' novel brought to screen in styleBy Julianna from Oxford , 30 Jan 2007The original 'Pearl Harbour' film (and far better than the Ben Affleck / Kate Beckinsale offering), this film gets 4 stars primarily for the performances of Montgomery Clift and Deborah Kerr, 2 of my favourite 'old Hollywood' actors. Clift is mesmerising in his role, as a soldier who refuses to fist-fight and is subjected to merciless punishment and mocking by his sadistic colleagues. He instantly warms to a happy-go-lucky impulsive young private (Frank Sinatra picking up the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1953), and gradually builds a friendship with the deputy, played by Burt Lancaster. Kerr plays the general's wife, an unhappy woman who begins yet another affair, with Lancaster (cue the famous beach scene), while Clift begins a relationship with a cool but warm-hearted call-girl (Donna Reed - 1953 Best Supporting Actress). All this against the backdrop of the Japanese bombing in Hawaii. Shot in black-and-white, and quite lengthy, but worth it for Montgomery Clift.
From Here to EternityBy a customer from Somerset , 28 Jan 2007A good old classic. Well worth a view.
ClassicBy a customer from Scotland , 22 Jan 2007This is a golden oldie, enjoyed it a lot
One for eternityBy RJNeb2 (1013 reviews) from London , 12 May 2006Although the pyrotechnical fireworks of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor at the climax are well up to scratch, it's the emotional fireworks that go off in the lead-up to the surprise attack that really make 'From Here to Eternity' so memorable. Clift's stoicism in the face of appalling treatment in his platoon, hot-headed Sinatra's defence of him, Lancaster's bullish seduction of a lonely army wife played by Kerr (never sexier), and Reed's heartfelt account of a working girl, all combine to make this an emotionally resonant work. Sure, we all remember Lancaster and Kerr's romp in the surf but this is a film of sharp character detail and superb acting, and a fine example of director Zinnemann's self-effacing craft.