Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (Numerous times on cable in the 90’s and 10 Dec 2013)
Brief Synopsis – The story of the lives of numerous soldiers stationed in Hawaii prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
My Take on it – This iconic movie based on the book of the same name won 8 Oscars (out of 13).
The story is somewhat slow through the first half and then it picks up speed right before the actual attack on Pearl Harbor begins and carries on like that until the end of the movie.
The problem with this movie is that it doesn’t really have a central story, it follows the lives of 3 soldiers over the course of a few days and details their complex lives within their chosen profession of being career soldiers, but it can clearly be seen that this is built around a story more appropriate for an epic novel than an epic movie.
We see the difficulties the characters face both within the rank and file of the Army and their own private lives, but something still feels missing.
This movie won Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), Supporting Actress (Donna Reed), Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Recording and Film Editing. It lost Best Music, Actress (Deborah Kerr), 2 for Actor (Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster) and Costume Design.
Most people will recognize the famous love scene from this movie with Lancaster and Kerr on the beach while the waves crash upon them.
Bottom Line – Interesting drama that shows the complexity of life in the Army prior to the outbreak of WWII. It moves quite slowly at the beginning, but has some great scenes. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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