-> 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.
* CampFollower: Alma.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Staff Sgt. James R. "Fatso" 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.]]
* 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.
* SergeantRock: Warden to G-Company.
* 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.