From Here To Eternity (1953)

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From Here To Eternity is something of a classic and relaunched the career of Oscar winner Frank Sinatra who allegedly got the part because a friend of the family made an offer that couldn’t be refused…

It’s a rather soapy affair as it follows the trials and tribulations of a group of soldiers posted at a base in Pearl Harbour in the days leading up to the Japanese attack. To be honest, it’s not really the kind of film I usually enjoy; the love scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr is one of the most famous ever filmed, but I personally much preferred the on base drama between he, stubborn conscientious objector Montgomery Clift and likeable sidekick Sinatra than the romantic melodrama that punctuates it.

The plot could easily have descended into schmaltz, but strong performances all round keep it just the right side of corniness and it’s infinitely more sophisticated and mature than the cinematic war crime that is Pearl Harbor.

6.5/10

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