From Here to Eternity
This gripping adaptation of James Jones's novel about Army life in Hawaii in the idyllic days just before Dec. 7, 1941, follows the stories of three soldiers and the women who love them.
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- Fred Zinnemann
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1954 BAFTA®
- Best Film nominee
- 1954 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Director (Motion Picture)
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
- Top 100 Passions
- Top 100 Movies nominee
- 1954 Academy Award®
- Best Supporting Actor: Frank Sinatra
- Best Cinematography Black and White
- Best Director: Fred Zinnemann
- Best Writing
- Best Picture
- Best Supporting Actress: Donna Reed
- Best Film Editing
- Best Sound
- Best Actress nominee: Deborah Kerr
- Best Costume Design Black and White nominee
- Best Actor nominee: Burt Lancaster
- Best Music Score nominee
- Best Actor nominee: Montgomery Clift
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
Chinese Simplified, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), ThaiClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, German: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Castilian): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that by modern standards of sexuality, language, and violence, this classic film would not be considered objectionable, however, it still contains highly intense situations, including the mistreatment and death of some of its strongest and most likeable characters. There are multiple scenes of bullying, fist fights, and knife fights, though none is bloody or gory. Even the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is only moderately violent. Airplanes strafe the military compound in wide shots; rifles, machine guns and artillery are used to fight back, but very little in the way of "hits" or aftermath is seen. Sexuality is limited to passionate kissing, embracing and references to adulterous behavior. There is a great deal of drinking, drunkenness, and smoking throughout; in almost all instances it is seen as acceptable behavior given the time (1941) and place (a military compound in Hawaii).
- Sexual Content
- Though this 1953 film contains perhaps the most famous screen kiss of all time -¿ Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in a passionate embrace on a sandy beach as the tide rolls over them- ¿ it's actually tame by today's standards. The kiss lasts a few seconds and then the camera cuts away. Two intensely romantic relationships build strongly and result in scenes of ardent kissing. Everything else, including adultery, is hinted at or discussed, but not seen.
- Several intense fist fights, a struggle using a knife and a broken bottle, and a second knife fight during which one of the combatants is killed off camera. Another character dies after a severe off-camera beating. Given the scope of the action, relatively little blood is spilled and severe injuries are not shown. Scenes, including some newsreel footage, of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is limited in scope and takes up only the last 10 minutes of the film: machine guns and rifles are fired; airplanes strafe the military compound, bombs drop, and some bodies fall to the ground.
- There are a number of ethnic slurs: "wop" and "Japs." No swearing or obscenities.
- Social Behavior
- This film sets high standards for loyalty, courage, and patriotism. The people who live up to those standards are deemed heroic and noble.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Multiple scenes of drinking and drunkenness. The soldiers drink heavily while not on duty and most of the major characters bond while inebriated. Cigarette smoking is pervasive.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it