Released Date: October 15, 1953
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, Ernest Borgnine, and Jack Warden
There are a lot of movies on the attack of Pearl Harbor. Some are big movies, some are documentaries but all are fantastic. Such an incredible story and such bravery from our Military Men. You couldn't have a more perfect cast. During this movie Burt Lancaster, who was a tad older than Montgomery Clift, was nervous while shooting because he was such a huge fan of Clift. Frank Sinatra was fantastic as well. Montgomery Clift was going through stuff, and was drinking on the set. He is known to have had kept a bottle with him at all times and would stick pills in the bottle. He had a very dangerous addiction, one that cost him his life. You know it was great because the movie was the tenth highest grossing film in the 1950s. The movie grossed $18 Million dollars. If you have not seen this movie, I'd highly recommend you do so.
It is 1941, on the beach of Hawaii. Pearl Harbor, the military base. Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) was a boxer in his early days. But because of an accident during one of his fights, he no longer wants to box. He is in the Army, a true American. Sgt. Milton Warden (Burt Lancaster) takes Prewitt under his wings and watches out for him. The boys take on love, Prewitt with Lorene (Donna Reed) and Sgt. Warden with the Captain's wife, Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr). This affair has one of the biggest known scenes in hollywood history, the beach scene with Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster. It is a beautiful scene. They are taking a chance on love, but they can't help themselves. Meanwhile, Angelo Maggio (Frank Sinatra), a friend of Prewitt's, is drinking heavily and even going A-Wall. So much is happening during the days before the attack. But every scene makes you wish you were on the beach of Hawaii. The movie shows a love between army men. It is such a beautiful film, so please see it, put it on your bucket list!
Oh, and one more cool piece of information, the Captain, Philip Ober, was married to I Love Lucy's Ethel. Thought that was very interesting.