From Here to Eternity

JESS: Sorry to intrude.
DEAN: Then why did you?
JESS: Well, you’re having your vertical From Here to Eternity moment right in front of the super glue.

From Here to Eternity, 1953 drama-romance war film directed by Frank Zinneman, based on the 1951 novel of the same name by James Jones. The film focuses on three US Army Soldiers, played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra, stationed in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed play the women in their lives.

From Here to Eternity was the #3 film of 1953 and won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed won awards for their supporting roles), as well as numerous other awards. Critics praised it to the skies, but it didn’t go down well with the army and navy. It is considered one of the greatest films ever made.

Jess is referring to the iconic kissing scene where Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr roll around on a beach together wearing only swimsuits, as the waves crash over them in mimicry of an orgasm. It’s torrid stuff, made more titillating by the fact that she’s in the role of his commanding officer’s wife.

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