After a 45/50 minute first act that looks like a soap opera (with no subtlety found in performances or dialogue), "From Here to Eternity" develops to be a beautiful story of 3 men and their circumstances, wrapped in a hierarchical structure made of hate and abuses of power. Monty Clift and Burt Lancaster in outstanding performances (Sinatra is just a strange comic relief with some good bits).
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.
I've seen parts of this film a million times, but this time I saw it the whole way through. There are lots of great performances here. I'm used to this level of acting from Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, and to some extent Montgomery Clift, but Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra pull out something special for this one, and Ernest Borgnine is good in one of his small, nasty roles.
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.