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Thursday, January 27, 2011

STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies, Special Oscar Edition


Pre-war angst and the effects it has on a group of men and women stationed in Hawaii prior to Peal Harbor, forms the basis for Fred Zinnemann's film version of James Jones' prizewinning novel; FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.
Burt Lancaster headlines an all-star cast in this adaptation of what was termed an unfilmable property. Shot on location and casting against type, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift and in Oscar winning roles; Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed give some of the finest performances of their careers. Ernest Borgnine brings sterling support as Fatso Judson, one the most evil characters ever portrayed on film and Lancaster and Kerr have an unforgettable love scene in the surf that had audiences and critics reeling for years. But, above all, there's Monty Clift, bringing unusual pathos as Prew, the boxer who doesn't want to fight. Taking the Oscar for Best Picture of 1953, it's hot, rugged and tempestuous entertainment as five lives come together in a moment of infamy that will alter their lives from here to eternity.


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