Director: Fred Zinnemann Cast: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, George Reeves (uncredited)
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Frank Sinatra); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Donna Reed); Best Director (Fred Zinnemann); Best Screenplay (Daniel Taradash); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Sound, Recording; Best Film Editing
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Montgomery Clift); Best Actor in a Leading Role (Burt Lancaster); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Deborah Kerr); Best Costume Design, Black-and-White; Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Morris Stoloff & George Duning)
I First Saw In: c. 2009
Synopsis: In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit’s team, while his captain’s wife and second in command are falling in love.
Did You Know? James Jones, who wrote the novel on which the film is based, considered the adaptation to be “too sanitized” and was dissatisfied with it.
Quotables: PREWITT: A man should be what he can do.
And now a Word from the Guise:
With barely any war, this is a stirring war drama that leads up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. All of the performances are incredible, especially Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed. They most definitely deserved the Oscars they won.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233