From Here to Eternity script
Synopsis: From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three U.S. Army soldiers, played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra, stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed portray the women in their lives and the supporting cast includes Ernest Borgnine, Philip Ober, Jack Warden, Mickey Shaughnessy, Claude Akins, and George Reeves.

FADE IN:

EXT. QUADRANGLE - DAY

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LONG SHOT:

The quadrangle of Army buildings is quiet and deserted. A

broken-down taxi drives in at one corner and slowly makes its

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way around the quadrangle. SUPERIMPOSED over shot is the

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legend:

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HAWAII, 1941

SIX MONTHS BEFORE

PEARL HARBOR .

The taxi pulls up across the street from camera. A soldier

gets out, pulls two heavily loaded barracks bags after him.

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He pays the driver, hoists the bags to his back, moves toward

camera. The taxi drives away slowly. The soldier walks toward

steps leading to a low building. He is PREWITT (called "PREW"

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for short), 22 years old, well-built, good-looking. He wears

an enlisted man's uniform and on the sleeves are marks where

chevrons have been removed. He pauses, looks up over the

door. CAMERA PANS UP to sign which reads: ORDERLY ROOM - G

COMPANY, 219TH REGIMENT.

MEDIUM SHOT:

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A small thin soldier in an undershirt and fatigue pants backs

out of the screen door and into shot. He is wielding a frayed

broom. This is PRIVATE ANGELO MAGGIO. He is violent and funny

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and sour and friendly. He sees Prewitt's legs but not his

face, speaks as he sweeps a cloud of dust off the porch.

MAGGID:

Fine way to pass the time. Good for

the mind.

PREW:

Hello, Maggio.

Maggio turns and stares at Prew, astonished.

MAGGIO .

Prew...? .

.

PREW:

(nods)

I transferred out of Fort Shatter.

.

Maggio notices the marks on the sleeves where the stripes

have been removed. Prew follows his glance.

MAGGIO:

You quit the Bugle Corps...?

2.

Prew nods. Maggio jerks his head toward the sign.

MAGGIO:

To here...?

PREW:

(shrugs)

That's what the orders say.

MAGGIO:

You made a bad mistake. This outfit

they can give back to Custer.

Prew smiles slightly, starts toward door.

MAGGIO:

The Captain ain't in yet.

Prew puts down his barracks bags.

PREY:

I'll look around.

MAGGIO:

(smiles for first time)

Maybe we borrow some money from a

twenty per cent man and take a real

trip to town some night.

PHEW:

Maybe.

TRUCKING SHOT ALONG COMPANY STREET

Prew walks slowly down the raised porch alongside the street.

He takes the mouthpiece of a bugle from his pocket, jiggles

it idly, a habit of his. He comes to the Dayroom, glances

through the screen door, goes in.

INT. DAYROOM - DAY

MEDIUM SHOT:

The Dayroom has a pool table, ping-pong table, a radio, etc.

Moth-eaten, upholstered chairs line both walls. The place is

empty as Prew enters. He looks around casually, sees the pool

table in an alcove. He moves over to it, puts the bugle

mouthpiece in his pocket, picks a cue from the rack on the

wall. He switches on the light, chalks the cue.

MEDIUM CLOSE SHOT

The triangle of balls is already racked on the table. Prew

addresses the cue ball, shoots and breaks the rack solidly.

He watches the balls hurry around the table.

3.

WARDEN'S VOICE (O. S.)

What’re you think you're doing!?

Why ain't you out in the field with

the Compny? What’s your name?

The voice is brawling, brash, vigorous. Prew turns slowly.

CAMERA ANGLE WIDENS to INCLUDE FIRST SERGEANT MILTON WARDEN,

almost at Prew's elbow. He is thirty-four, big and powerful,

has a neatly-trimmed moustache.

PREW:

Prewitt. Transfer from Shafter.

WARDEN:

Yeah. I heard about you.

PREW:

I heard about you, too, Warden.

WARDEN:

Well, put up that cue and come

along. This here's a rifle outfit,

Prewitt. You ain't suppose to enjoy

yourself before sundown. The Man's

very particlar about little things

like that.

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Daniel Taradash

Daniel Taradash was born on January 29, 1913 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Daniel Irwin Taradash. He was a writer, known for From Here to Eternity (1953), Picnic (1955) and Bell Book and Candle (1958). He was married to Madeleine Forbes. He died on February 22, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA. more…

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