War can often bring out behaviors in us that we would not do in other situations.
In the classic Hollywood film From Here To Eternity (1953), the backdrop of World War II and the then future bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese creates a tension that will change lives.
Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) has just switched army bases. His new base is in Hawaii. His reputation within the boxing ring has preceded him. But Prew, as he prefers to be known, would like nothing more to stay out of the ring. But the leader of his unit, Captain Holmes (Philip Ober) has other plans. When Prew remains adamant about not boxing, Captain Holmes has the rest of the unit turn on Prew and make his life miserable. Meanwhile, Sergeant Milton Warden (Burt Lancaster) is having an affair with Captain Holmes’s unhappily married wife, Karen (Deborah Kerr).
As the drama intensifies and war seems imminent, the characters must make tough decisions.
This movie is a classic for a reason. The cast is top-notch, the drama keeps the audience glued to the screen and it doesn’t hurt that Frank Sinatra won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. If a classic film being remembered for a single scene is the mark of a good film (regardless if the viewer has seen the entire film), then this movie is a good one.
I recommend it.