Life in a Honolulu barracks in the lead-up to Pearl Harbour.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey
Superior military soap opera with excellent performances, especially from Frank Sinatra. Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr's seashore embrace, as waves and war crashed around them, is no longer very sultry or shocking; and Zinnemann's direction is workmanlike, rather than inspired, and uncharacteristically brutal.
The script inevitably reduces the bawdiness of the original novel, but remains pretty hard-hitting about military life, and does a good job of reducing the story to such a manageable length.
Burnett Guffey's photography and William Lyon's editing won Oscars; George Duning's music was nominated.