From Here to Eternity

TitleFrom Here to Eternity
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1953
AuthorsZinnemann, Fred
Running Time118 minutes
Date Released1953
DistributorColumbia Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageenglish

In this Oscar-winning film, director Fred Zinnemann portrays everyday life on a Hawaiian army base before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Far from a celebratory narrative, its characters have deep personality flaws and engage in alcoholism, adultery, violence, and prostitution. Their search for connection and meaning reveal the impersonal bureaucracy and injustice within the U.S. army. This path-breaking film not only offered a jaundiced view of American military during the Cold War but introduced new themes and attitudes in American cinema. 


Burt Lancaster

Montgomery Clift

Deborah Kerr

Donna Reed

Frank Sinatra

Ernest Borgnine

Philip Ober

Jack Warden


Produced by Buddy Adler

Directed by Fred Zinnemann

Screenplay by  Daniel Taradash

Cinematography by Burnett Guffey

Edited by William A. Lyon

Music by George Duning


Romance, Drama

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Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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