This is a really great film and probably the best film ever made that centers around the attack on Pearl Harbor. Burt Lancaster is at his most badass and the beach scene is one of the best ever filmed. Frank Sinatra got a well deserved Oscar for this film and this was the movie that made you hate Ernest Borgnine.
One of my favorites - an all-star cast, particularly swoon-worthy Clift and passionate Sinatra. Great, dramatic plots that never push the envelope into melodrama. One of the most amazing things about this movie is that you get so wrapped up in the drama and romance of the characters that you completely forget that you are watching a movie set in Pearl Harbor in 1941.
A melodrama for men. In spite of the reputation this film has for being one of the great romance films, the biggest takeaway for me was the apparent male to male camaraderie, at points very egregiously almost homoerotic. But I guess that's the army.
Winner of 8 Academy Awards including picture and director. Post war picture looking at a company's operation and their soap opera like personal dramas leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbour. Some iconic sequences with some classic performances to match especially Lancaster, Clift, Kerr and Borgnine all whose performances seem to have more resonance than those given by Reed and Sinatra who won Oscars for theirs.
Donna Reed had such a good role - Montgomery was very good but ultimately the drama of lost love became ephemerally depressing (echoing death for impersonal cause?) Beautiful scenes of close up blood and Hawaiian shirt cloth.