Released in 1953, From Here To Eternity is a romance, drama, and war movie all in one. It takes place in Honolulu leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie won the Best Picture Oscar that year, and also scored acting Oscars for Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra. It also stars Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, and Montgomery Cliff, who were all nominated for Oscars as well.
From Here To Eternity is one of the first major Hollywood productions to film in Hawaii. This was the first time many theatre-goers saw these beautiful locations on the big screen.
Halona Beach Cove
One of the most enduring images from the film features Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr kissing in the sand. The scene has reached iconic status, and was filmed at Halona Beach Cove on Oahu’s east coast. The beach was also featured in another Hawaii-filmed movie, 50 First Dates.
If you’d like to see some behind-the-scenes photos from filming at the beach, check out this article from the BFI.
Filming took place in the heart of Waikiki, on Kuhio Beach. The Waikiki area was the center of tourism back in the 50s as well, but not nearly as built up and crowded as it is today. The city skyline is has changed drastically over the 70 years since the film was made. However, the view of Diamond Head in the distance hasn’t changed, and is as stunning as ever.
The location of the barracks and the house was filmed at Schofield Barracks, which is a US Army facility. It is located next to Wheeler Army Airfield. The US military allowed filming to take place on the base. The area is not open to the public, so I’m not able to provide any photos from these scenes.
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