It’s 1941. Robert E. Lee Prewitt has requested Army transfer and has ended up at Schofield in Hawaii. His new captain, Dana Holmes, has heard of his boxing prowess and is keen to get him to represent the company. However, ‘Prew’ is adamant that he doesn’t box anymore, so Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile Sergeant Warden starts seeing the captain’s wife, who has a history of seeking external relief from a troubled marriage. Prew’s friend Maggio has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade Sergeant ‘Fatso’ Judson, and Prew begins falling in love with social club employee Lorene. Unbeknownst to anyone, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor looms in the distance.
My Number one all time
There has always been a debate regarding what film could regarded as the best of all time and it will always go on. But to me, this film does it all. It brings to the screen all of the essence of what life is about: happiness, sadness, betrayal ,pain, and most of all what real love is all about. There are so many things that make this film my favorite all time and my choice for number one but it’s 3 scenes that clinch it: First, the one with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the car when he says: “I have never been as miserable as I am since I met you” and her reply “neither have I” and then he follows with “I wouldn’t trade a minute of it” and again she says ” Neither would I”. That is what real, deep love between 2 people makes them feel. How many films brought love to screen like that? no other movie I have ever seen. The second is when Montgomery Clift tells Donna Reed: “No one ever lies about being lonely”. That is so, so real. And third, the scene when Frank Sinatra says his last words and then dies. I know very little about how Oscar’s are voted on, but I feel Sinatra won his right in that scene. How many other films can you say that? This film never gets dull. It’s 2 + hours of pure human emotion that has never before or never since been put on the screen.