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From Here to Eternity


Story: The lives military men and their women in Hawaii in the last few days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Parallel plot lines include a soldier who is abused by his commanding officer for refusing to join the company boxing team, and the commanding officer's wife has an affair with a sergeant.

Scenery: Undetermined. According to the Spring/Summer 2005 issue of Carmel Magazine, the famous beach kissing scene was originally filmed at Halona Cove on Oahu, Hawaii, but due to techincal problems had to be re-shot. Rather than return to Hawaii, the cast and crew made a shorter trip to Pfeiffer Beach in  Big Sur (other sources claim Garrapata beach). Anecdotal reports from old-timers indicate that Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and an entire film crew were seen on the Big Sur beach for two days. That may very well have  happened, but a careful examination of the scene clearly shows that the rock formations in the background match more recent videos of Halona Cove in Hawaii. Evidently, the Big Sur version either didn't make the final cut, or bits of it were interspersed with the Hawaiian footage. It is also possible that this is merely a local legend. See To Eternity, but not From Here for further information.

People:

  • Director: Fred Zinnermann.
  • Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, Claude Akins, George Reeves.

Technical:

  • Year: 1953
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Film: B&W
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
  • Sound: mono
  • Running time: 118 min.
  • Academy Awards: Best picture, best director, best supporting actor (Frank Sinatra), best supporting actress (Donna Reed), best screenplay, best editing, best sound. Nominated for best actor (Montgomery Clift), best actress (Deborah Kerr), costume design and musical score.

Sources

Information compiled from:
The Monterey Herald,
the Monterey County Film Commission, Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide,
the Internet Movie Database,
and other sources.

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