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

A 1952 novel by Creator/JamesJones, ''Literature/FromHereToEternity'' was based on his experiences serving in WorldWarII. It was adapted into a film in 1953, a miniseries in 1979, a TV Show 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 ''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 Film and Book contains examples of:

* 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.]]
* CampFollower: Alma.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Staff Sgt. James R. "Fatso" Judson.
* 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.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Captain Holmes cheats on his wife, which makes it all right for her to cheat on him. [[spoiler: His behavior previously resulted in her losing a child and nearly dying herself.]]
* GoodLookingPrivates: It's Burt Lancaster, after all.
* 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.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Sgt. Warden is somewhat upset to find that Karen has had numerous other lovers.
* NWordPrivileges: "Only my ''friends'' call me 'wop'!"
* PlayingAgainstType: Deborah Kerr as the adulterous Karen Holmes. Compare that role to her ones in ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' or ''Film/AnAffairToRemember''.
** Also Donna Reed as the [[strike:prostitute]] "hostess" Alma. The role won her an Oscar.
* 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.]]
* 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 when his best friend is killed.
* 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.