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** The book itself was censored before publication to remove a passage revealing that Maggio prostitutes himself to a wealthy man, as well as a number of {{PrecisionFStrike}}s. It wasn't until 2011 that the passages were restored to the book.

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** The book itself was censored before publication to remove a passage revealing that Maggio prostitutes himself to a wealthy man, as well as a number of {{PrecisionFStrike}}s.[[{{PrecisionFStrike}} Precision F-Strikes]]. It wasn't until 2011 that the passages were restored to the book.

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** The book itself was censored before publication to remove a passage revealing that Maggio prostitutes himself to a wealthy man, as well as a number of {{PrecisionFStrike}}s. It wasn't until 2011 that the passages were restored to the book.

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* CastingGag: Prewitt complains to another soldier that he can't understand Warden. The soldier in question is played by Jack ''Warden''.


* 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.


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* 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.


* 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).
* 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.

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* AFatherToHisMen: Despite being a sergeant, Warden is actually this. Ironically he doesn't want to become an officer (as as he fears he'll turn out like Holmes).
Holmes.
* AdaptationalKarma: In the book, Holmes and Judson both get away with their cruelty [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even after Maggio's death]]. The US Army insisted Holmes be removed from his post in the film.



** [[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.

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** [[spoiler: Maggio's [[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.



* 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.

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* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Karen [[spoiler:Karen breaks things off with Warden when he won't become an officer]].
* DreadfulMusician: At one point some guy is playing a bugle..bugle... badly. Prewitt finally gets so disgusted he takes it away and plays it properly.



* DueToTheDead: Prewitt plays a lament for [[spoiler: Maggio]] on the bugle after his death.

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* DueToTheDead: Prewitt plays a lament for [[spoiler: Maggio]] [[spoiler:Maggio]] on the bugle after his death.



* 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.

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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Captain Holmes cheats on his wife, which makes it all right for her to cheat on him. [[spoiler: His [[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.



* 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.]]

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* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: In [[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.]]



* SergeantRock: Warden to G-Company.

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* %%* SergeantRock: Warden to G-Company.



* ShirtlessScene: Warden gets one on the beach with Karen, Prewitt gets one while he's digging a whole and Maggio gets one while he's getting dressed.

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* ShirtlessScene: Warden gets one on the beach with Karen, Prewitt gets one while he's digging a whole hole and Maggio gets one while he's getting dressed.



* 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]].

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* SuddenlySober: For two guys who couldn't walk straight several minutes before, Warden and Prewitt are remarkably coordinated [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Maggio drops in.]]
* {{Taps}}: In the film version, Prewitt (a bugle player) plays this as a lament to [[spoiler: Maggio]].[[spoiler:Maggio]].

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* DreadfulMusician: At one point some guy is playing a bugle.. badly. Prewitt finally gets so disgusted he takes it away and plays it properly.


* MartialPacifist: Prewitt, as far as boxing goes.



* MartialPacifist: Prewitt, as far as boxing goes.


* 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.



* CampFollower: Alma.

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* CampFollower: Alma.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]].



* 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.]] In Karen's defence, she admittedly suggests a divorce so she can be with the new guy.
* GoodLookingPrivates: It's Burt Lancaster, after all.

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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Captain Holmes cheats on his wife, which makes it all right for her to cheat on him. [[spoiler: His behavior 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.



* HollywoodCostuming: The hairstyles that Lorene and Karen sport are more in line with the early 1950s than the film's 1941 setting.



* 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.]]



* {{Taps}}: In the film version, Prewitt (a bugle player) plays this when his best friend is killed.

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* {{Taps}}: In the film version, Prewitt (a bugle player) plays this when his best friend is killed.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.


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.

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See also ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' ''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.novel.


!! The Film and Book contains examples of:

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!! The Film novel and Book contains film contain examples of:


* WomanInBlack: Prewitt is first attracted to Lorene when he sees her in a sexy black dress. For the famous beach scene, Karen is also wearing black.


-->'''Robert E. Lee''' "'''Prew'''" '''Prewitt'''

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-->'''Robert -->-- '''Robert E. Lee''' "'''Prew'''" '''Prewitt'''


-> 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 '''



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.

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A ->''"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, ''Literature/FromHereToEternity'' was based on his experiences serving in WorldWarII. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It was adapted into a film in 1953, a miniseries in 1979, a TV Show 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.


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.

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See also ''TheThinRedLine'' ''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.


* 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).
* 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.



* {{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.



* 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.



* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Appears to be the case with Karen - as the sexy captain's wife. But she's actually deeply depressed and hates her life.



* 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.]]

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* FatBastard: Judson.
Judson who's even nicknamed 'Fatso' by everyone.
* 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.]]]] In Karen's defence, she admittedly suggests a divorce so she can be with the new guy.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Prewitt and Maggio. It's clear that they're best friends and utterly devoted to each other.
* 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.



* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Sgt. Warden is somewhat upset to find that Karen has had numerous other lovers.

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* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Sgt. Warden is somewhat upset to find that Karen has had numerous other lovers.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.



* 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.


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* ShirtlessScene: Warden gets one on the beach with Karen, Prewitt gets one while he's digging a whole and Maggio gets one while he's getting dressed.


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* WomanInBlack: Prewitt is first attracted to Lorene when he sees her in a sexy black dress. For the famous beach scene, Karen is also wearing black.

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