From Here to Eternity

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It’s odd that programmers would choose Fred Zinneman’s lip-smacking ensemble melodrama from 1953 as the centrepiece of a BFI retrospective of the work of actress Deborah Kerr – it’s a stretch to call her one of the film’s key players. Yes, she gets to canoodle in the Hawaiian surf with Burt Lancaster, but the film mostly focuses on the band of dysfunctional tyros at a nearby army base whose carefree, pre-Pearl Harbor lives are on the road to ruin long before the bombs drop. ‘From Here to Eternity’ remains a garish but compelling ode to the lonely lot of the pacifist, and Montgomery Clift is outstanding as the blighted boxing-champ-cum-bugle-player who is constantly goaded by friends (Frank Sinatra), enemies (Ernest Borgnine) and lovers (Donna Reed) to unleash his ferocious alter-ego. The film is anonymously directed, functionally paced and hysterical at times, though it seduces as a hot-blooded spectacle that stitches emotional detail onto the epic canvas of history.

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Rated: PG
Release date: Friday September 24 2010
Duration: 118 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Screenwriter: Daniel Taradash
Cast: Burt Lancaster
Frank Sinatra
Donna Reed
Philip Ober
Jack Warden
Montgomery Clift
Deborah Kerr
Ernest Borgnine

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Watchd last night for thevery first time, very much a 50's movie but great performances all round, Sinatra in good form devoid of too much indulgence, Lancaster very believable as the loyal army man. Watching it now you get the sense it didnt escape the attention of many of that generations filmmakers, although perhaps not a driectors film it certainly stages certain scenes very well and fr the sheer scale of the intertwining stories and setting of the film, its still stands up