An out and out masterpiece. A war film that only features war in the final reel (a clever foreshadowing when Kerr walks away from a road sign indicating Pearl Harbor) making instead the army rifle corps in peace time the central concern. Despite the buddy-ness of some of the characters, it is quite damning of the army, citing corruption, male brutality and domestic neglectful abuse under the red white and blue.
A classic wartime melodrama, set on Hawaii, this takes the usual army movie tropes, mixes in a love triangle and the tale of a boxer no longer wanting to box, and flavours it with a superb cast that includes Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine, and more. Director Fred Zinnemann handles the script by Daniel Taradash just perfectly.
I don't not get what the fuss is all about. Lancaster and Clift are quite ordinary, the romances seem lustful and rushed, rather than meaningful and real, and the stakes are all so low. I didn't buy so many of the events, especially around Sinatra's character. The War sort of...started, then stopped in a minute. Donna Reed was fantastic though in a small part. I'm disappointed given the cast. I wanted magic, dammit!
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.
Lo valioso del filme no tiene que ver con el doble melodrama ni el género bélico que vislumbra para el final de la película. "De aquí a la eternidad" es la crónica de dos románticos, aquellos que han contemplado en la vida del ejército su oficio y vida. Está sin embargo el desencanto, la frustración, una que se escapa mediante el alcoholismo, el amor furtivo. El final es trágico para todos. Hay un discurso antibélico
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.