The story portrays the loves, hopes, and dreams of those in a close-knit army barracks in Hawaii shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Montgomery Clift plays a former boxer who refuses to fight after blinding a friend in the ring and is sent to the remote outpost as punishment for his insubordination. Donna Reed plays spectacularly against type as a bar girl who comforts Clift. Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr have their illicit sprawl in the surf, and Frank Sinatra makes a remarkable movie-career rebound. A big story with performances to match. Based on the novel by James Jones.
From Here to Eternity grossed well over $12 million in 1953, making it the third most popular movie that year. The first and second slots went to Peter Pan and The Robe, respectively.
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Script: Daniel Taradash
Columbia / 1953