In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Won: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Sinatra), Best Supporting Actress (Reed), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, 1954 Academy Awards; Special Award, 1954 Cannes Film Festival
An acting bonanza.