ByMichael Laskaris, writer at
Brooklyn-based yoga practitioner, writer/editor and self-educated film buff.
Michael Laskaris


On Hawaii, in the last sleepy weeks before the the Pearl Harbor attack, three stationed soldiers (Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra) share time, friendship, and tribulations, while the women in their lives (Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed) try to divert them from their military obligations. This multi-Oscar winner (Best Picture) raised eyebrows at the time, and is a stalwart example of realist 50s Hollywood, right as it dove into the depths of Technicolor melodrama. The shimmering cast members present honest performances, and the infamous beach kiss with Lancaster and Kerr rolling in the frothy waves is still fabulous after all these years.


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