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Year
1953
Runtime
118 min.
Director
Fred Zinnemann
Genres
Drama, Romance, War
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
35,263
Checks
6,188
Favs
310
Dislikes
39
Favs/checks
5.0% (1:20)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. Gunness's avatar

    Gunness

    With all the awards and other honours bestowed on this movie, I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed. Sinatra was a standout, and Clift was terrific in the lead role, but both Lancaster and particularly Borgnine have done a lot better in other movies - and not all of the plot threads were equally interesting.
    Not bad in any way, just less that I expected.
    5 years 8 months ago
  2. afan's avatar

    afan

    actually not that good. 9 years 7 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    What happens to soldiers tuned for war when it's peace time? From Here to Eternity, set in the weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor, shows them drinking, womanizing, and fighting, the tension they feel not so much because of some precognitive dread, but because of bad leadership. Their captain is also in shenanigans mode. In a way, this is a precursor to other war films on the margins of war itself, films like M*A*S*H and Jarhead. But there's frankly too much happening - the curse of adapting a novel - giving short shrift in particular to the female characters and their romances with key soldiers. Deborah Kerr is more hard-edged than I've ever seen her, even unrecognizable at times, and I believe this might have been one of her greatest performances if the film didn't forget about her for the length of a bible. Donna Reed is in the same boat. In the end, I know what the film's theme is - a soldier's listlessness when the role's ambitions are impossible to fulfill or corrupted to other goals - but I'm not entirely sure what it's trying to say about that. It either needed to be pruned or extended; I'm not sure which. 1 year 4 months ago
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  3. This movie ranks #27 in Academy Award - Best Picture
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  9. This movie ranks #351 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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