The film "From Here to Eternity" deals with the life and times of three soldiers -- played by Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Montgomery Clift -- who are stationed on Hawaii in the last few months before the Pearl Harbor attack occurred. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed portray the women in their lives, and the supporting cast includes Ernest Borgnine, Philip Ober, Jack Warden, Mickey Shaughnessy, Claude Akins, and George Reeves.
The drama film was released in 1953, and it was directed by Fred Zinnemann, who based the film on the eponymous novel by James Jones. "From Here to Eternity" became a tremendous hit when it was released, and the film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and went on to win eight. Among the nominations were Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
The film opened to rave reviews from critics and regular viewers alike. In 2002, the film was chosen to be preserved in the National Film Registry for being a significant film that defined an era in film-making.
The title of the film comes from a quote by Rudyard Kipling. In Kipling's "Gentlemen-Rankers" poem, he discusses soldiers of the British Empire and how they lost their way.