From Here to Eternity
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"In From Here to Eternity, you can glimpse an uneasier future for America, with the social wreckage and the pretending."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Sominex is cheaper and probably safer."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Fred Zinnemann's strength as a director was less on the technical side and more in line with coaxing stellar performances out of his actors, and with this film, he drew a royal flush."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's the best-ever account of life in the peacetime army."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A high-calibre Hollywood prestige drama, sharp and sobering, with top-drawer work from Lancaster, Clift and Sinatra."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Scriptwriter Daniel Taradash rescued, if not quite a gem, then at least a high-grade industrial diamond from this rough original."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Zinnemann's flat direction does produce its dull moments."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Despite sliding into melodrama a bit too often, From Here to Eternity remains a decent film due to the strong performances of its Oscar-nominated cast."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"The result is a gripping movie that often makes you wish its director, Zinnemann, knew as much about American life as he does about the art of telling a story with a camera."
‑ Manny Farber, The Nation
"I have to say that Clift's plot is far less compelling than Lancaster's and something of the zip goes when Frank Sinatra disappears from the action, sent to the stockade. But what a punch this movie still packs."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It is an important film from any angle, presenting socko entertainment for big business."
‑ William Brogdon, Variety
"So clear-eyed and three-dimensional that it makes the recent Pearl Harbor look like a bunch of kids playing dress up."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Watching it again after not seeing it for many years, I was also struck by how much of a debt novelist-screenwriter Donn Pearce ('Cool Hand Luke') owes to Jones."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The cast includes Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift and Ernest Borgnine, all of whom are fine, in what is essentially a melodrama."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Director Fred Zinnemann's powerful adaptation of James Jones's bestseller won eight Oscars, upset the military and resurrected the acting career of Frank Sinatra."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
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