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.
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.