From Here to Eternity

Lists: War, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1950s, Best Picture nominee 1950 to 1959

Brief Synopsis: "The setting is an army base in Hawaii in 1941. Montgomery Clift, in a superb performance, plays a bugler who refuses to fight for the company boxing team; he has reasons for giving up the sport. His refusal results in harsh treatment from the company commander, whose bored wife (Deborah Kerr) is having an affair with the tough-but-fair sergeant (Burt Lancaster). You remember--the scene with the two of them embracing on the beach, as the surf crashes in. The supporting players are as good as the leads: Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed won Oscars (and Sinatra revitalized his entire career), and Ernest Borgnine entered the gallery of all-time movie villains, as the stockade sergeant who makes Sinatra miserable. Zinnemann's work is efficient but also evocative, capturing the time and place beautifully, the tropical breezes as well as the lazy prewar indulgence. This one is deservedly a classic. --Robert Horton"

Overall Ranking: 1345 (Rank from 1953: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 40%
Regular 40%
Half-Popped 20%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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  • Burt Lancaster (1st Sgt. Milton Warden)
  • Montgomery Clift (Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prew Prewitt)
  • Deborah Kerr (Karen Holmes)
  • Donna Reed (Alma Lorene Burke)
  • Frank Sinatra (Pvt. Angelo Maggio)
  • Ernest Borgnine (Sgt. James R. Fatso Judson)
  • Philip Ober (Capt. Dana Holmes)
  • Mickey Shaughnessy (Cpl. Leva)
  • Harry Bellaver (Pvt. Mazzioli)
  • Jack Warden (Cpl. Buckley)
  • John Dennis (Sgt. Ike Galovitch)
  • Merle Travis (Sal Anderson)
  • Tim Ryan (Sgt. Pete Karelsen)
  • Fred Zinnemann (Director)