[[caption-width-right:315:[-Soldiers enjoy some typical R&R DuringTheWar-].]]

->''"Well, what am I? I'm a private no-class dogface. The way most civilians look at that, that's two steps up from nothin'."''
-->-- '''Robert E. Lee''' "'''Prew'''" '''Prewitt'''

''From Here to Eternity'' is a 1952 novel by Creator/JamesJones, based on his experiences serving in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It was adapted into a film in 1953, a miniseries in 1979, a TV series in 1980 and a short lived musical version in 2013. The film version, directed by Fred Zinnemann and staring an AllStarCast including Creator/BurtLancaster, Creator/MontgomeryClift, Music/FrankSinatra, Donna Reed, and Creator/DeborahKerr, remains the most iconic of these productions. It won eight Oscars in its year, including Best Picture.

The 1953 film is also famous for a [[SignatureScene certain scene]] involving Burt Lancaster, Creator/DeborahKerr, [[BigDamnKiss and a beach]]. It's an iconic bit, and new viewers may be surprised to discover that it's only ''three seconds long.''

In 1941, a few short months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Private Robert E. Lee "Prew" Prewitt is transferred to the nearby Schofield Barracks in Honolulu. His CO at Company G, Captain Holmes, learns that Prewitt was a Boxer and tries to recruit him for the Unit’s Boxing Club. When Prewitt refuses, Holmes decides to make the new recruit’s life a living hell.

Other characters in the story include Prewitt’s buddy and only supporter on base, Angelo Maggio; Holmes’s wife Karen and her lover, Sgt. Warden; Prewitt's girlfriend, "[[HookerWithAHeartOfGold nightclub hostess]]" Alma; and Staff Sgt. Fatso Judson, the brutish stockade guard who becomes Magglio's tormentor.

See also ''Film/TheThinRedLine'', which features [[{{Expy}} similar characters]] based on James Jones' [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real life experiences]], including Private [[MeaningfulName Witt]], appropriately enough for a subsequent novel.

!! The novel and film contain examples of:

* AdaptationalKarma: In the book, Holmes and Judson both get away with their cruelty [[spoiler:even after Maggio's death]]. The US Army insisted Holmes be removed from his post in the film.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the book, Judson's cruel treatment in the stockade is merely him being part of a corrupt system. The US Army insisted the film stress that it was an isolated incident.
* AwfulWeddedLife: The Holmes household has both partners cheating, the husband not even trying to hide it from his wife any more.
* BeachKiss: The TropeCodifier.
* BigDamnKiss: The beach scene in the 1953 film won an Oscar by itself.
* BlatantLies: [[spoiler:Alma tells Karen that Prewitt died a hero while piloting a plane when he really just got shot for ignoring the commands of a patrol, though it's unclear if she knew the truth of if ''she'' was on the receiving end of BlatantLies to make her feel better. Karen recognizes his name but wisely says nothing.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Justified by the period's special effects, [[spoiler:but the soldier who gets shot by the Japanese attack just rolls over and dies without any visible injuries.]]
* {{Bowdlerization}}:
** Due to the Hays Code, the brothel of the novel becomes a Gentleman's Club and the whores become 'hostesses'.
** [[spoiler:Maggio's death]] in the book was entirely the fault of Judson's abuse in the stockade. The film implies that he was mainly finished off by falling from a truck after he escaped.
* CampFollower: The 'hostesses' (who were whores in the book) regularly service the soldiers.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Karen breaks things off with Warden when he won't become an officer]].
* DreadfulMusician: At one point some guy is playing a bugle... badly. Prewitt finally gets so disgusted he takes it away and plays it properly.
* DrinkingOnDuty: Maggio deserts his guard post clearly drunk out of his mind.
* DueToTheDead: Prewitt plays a lament for [[spoiler:Maggio]] on the bugle after his death.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Staff Sgt. James R. "Fatso" Judson.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Appears to be the case with Karen - as the sexy captain's wife. But she's actually deeply depressed and hates her life.
* EvilIsPetty: Prewitt is cruelly hazed all because he won't compete in a boxing tournament, even after he freely gives the reason why he won't (that he accidentally blinded a friend while fighting). Yes; most of the movie's conflict comes from Prewitt saying no to a tournament.
* FatBastard: Judson who's even nicknamed 'Fatso' by everyone.
* AFatherToHisMen: Despite being a sergeant, Warden is actually this. Ironically he doesn't want to become an officer as he fears he'll turn out like Holmes.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Captain Holmes cheats on his wife, which makes it all right for her to cheat on him. [[spoiler:His behaviour previously resulted in her losing a child and nearly dying herself.]] In Karen's defence, she admittedly suggests a divorce so she can be with the new guy.
* GoodLookingPrivates: It's Burt Lancaster, after all. Montgomery Clift was also known for his good looks at the time.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Prewitt and Maggio. It's clear that they're best friends and utterly devoted to each other.
* HollywoodCostuming: The hairstyles that Lorene and Karen sport are more in line with the early 1950s than the film's 1941 setting.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Lorene (real name Alma) in all but name in the film. Fully so in the book.
* {{Hypocrite}}: When Karen demands a divorce, her husband angrily asks if she's met someone else - despite blatantly sleeping with other women throughout their marriage.
* IdiotBall: The ordinarily shrewd Prewitt [[spoiler:gets killed after he tries to sneak back to his company after the attack on Pearl Harbor -- with a bleeding side injury, no less -- and fails to halt after they order him to several times, leading to them being forced to shoot him.]] The soldier who examines him with Warden afterwards even notes that he could have just halted, given Prewitt's earlier justification to Alma that they wouldn't have punished them since they needed all the help they could get. Warden gives a rather half-assed justification for Prewitt just being stubborn, "but a good soldier," but even that sounds hollow.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: From “Gentleman Rankers” by Creator/RudyardKipling.
* LongingLook: Sgt. Warden aims a few at Karen.
* MaleGaze: Every man in the bar watches the waitress' SexyWalk. So does the camera.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: [[SignatureScene That Scene on the Beach.]]
* MartialPacifist: Prewitt, as far as boxing goes.
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler:In the final scene, Karen says that the lays floating towards the island mean they'll return one day. Notably she's not seen with her husband on the ship and it's not shown what direction the flowers go.]]
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Sgt. Warden is somewhat upset to find that Karen has had numerous other lovers, although it's strongly hinted that he'd just prefer not to be a 'notch on the bedpost' - as he's been harboring a crush on her for a while.
* NWordPrivileges: "Only my ''friends'' call me 'wop'!"
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Judson is racist, sexist, abusive, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and can't play the piano well]].
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: Justified in that America wasn't under attack yet.
%%* SergeantRock: Warden to G-Company.
* ShaggyDogStory: Prewitt's story: he's hazed mercilessly for a boxing tournament that ends up getting cancelled after the attack at Pearl Harbor. [[spoiler:His heroic leaving of his lover in order to rejoin the company and defend the nation is quickly made worthless by him almost immediately getting shot by a patrol after failing to halt.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Warden gets one on the beach with Karen, Prewitt gets one while he's digging a hole and Maggio gets one while he's getting dressed.
* SorryOciffer: Spoofed. Warden pretends to chew Prewitt out for being drunk, while falling-down drunk himself.
* SuddenlySober: For two guys who couldn't walk straight several minutes before, Warden and Prewitt are remarkably coordinated [[spoiler:when Maggio drops in.]]
* {{Taps}}: In the film version, Prewitt (a bugle player) plays this as a lament to [[spoiler:Maggio]].
* TroubledButCute: Prewitt. The troubled part includes him being an orphan, a screw-up until he joined the army and deeply ashamed of blinding an opponent in the boxing ring. Lorene finds him cute though.
* WarWasBeginning: Some shots are carefully framed to show calendars, to let the audience know that the Japanese are going to pay a visit.
* YouShallNotPass: The company is blocked off from artillery because the guard says that he can't let them in without orders... ''[[WhatAnIdiot As Pearl Harbor is happening fifty feet away.]]'' Averted in that they get in anyway.