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''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, Creator/DeborahKerr and Creator/ErnestBorgnine, remains the most iconic of these productions. It won eight Oscars in its year, including Best Picture.

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''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, Creator/DonnaReed, Creator/DeborahKerr and Creator/ErnestBorgnine, remains the most iconic of these productions. It won eight Oscars in its year, including Best Picture.

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* TooDumbToLive: Prewitt. When you are AWOL and a murder you committed is currently being investigated, you don't just try to enter an American base with civilian clothes on, especially during an attack. Alma herself warns Prewitt it will be an idiotic decision. Warden also says that it was a stupid decision, but even then this is an understatement.


* 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 behaviour previously resulted in her losing a child and nearly dying herself.]] In Karen's defence, defense, she admittedly suggests a divorce so she can be with the new guy.


** 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 {{Precision F-Strike}}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 {{Precision F-Strike}}s.F Strike}}s. It wasn't until 2011 that the passages were restored to the book.

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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Maggio]] dies in Prewitt's arms.

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* InVinoVeritas: Warden reveals his true self after he gets drunk.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Warden is as harsh at the other soldiers but is more sympathetic to him.


''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.

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''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 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, Creator/DeborahKerr and Creator/DeborahKerr, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, remains the most iconic of these productions. It won eight Oscars in its year, including Best Picture.




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* AdaptationalJobChange: In the novel, Lorene was a prostitute at a brothel, but in the film, she is a hostess at a private social club.



* AdaptationalSexuality: In the novel, several of the enlisted men fraternize with homosexuals, and one soldier commits suicide as a result, but homosexuality is not mentioned or directly explored in the film. The change was made to satisfy the Code Office.



** 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}} 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}} Precision F-Strikes]].{{Precision F-Strike}}s. It wasn't until 2011 that the passages were restored to the book.


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* CompositeCharacter: Maggio is combined with two other prisoner characters from the novel (one of whom is killed by Judson in the novel).
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Maggio, who survives and is discharged in the novel, dies in the film to add drama and make Maggio a stronger, more tragic figure.]]


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* OffscreenVillainy: In the novel, Judson's systematic abuse of Maggio and other prisoners, including Prewitt himself at one point, is portrayed in detail. However, in the film, Maggio's abuse happens offscreen, and is told only verbally to Prewitt, who remains free. The Army required that the abuse of Maggio not be shown, and that Judson's behavior towards Maggio be portrayed as "a sadistic anomaly, and not as the result of Army policy, as depicted in the book". The filmmakers agreed, seeing these changes as improvements.


** 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.

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