February 10, 2004
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 117 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Landmark example of Hollywood at its finest. An all-star cast brought what was considered an unfilmable novel to the screen with skill and grace. The story of the loves, hopes and dreams of those in a close-knit Army barracks in Hawaii shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Clift plays a former boxer who refuses to fight after blinding a friend in the ring and is sent to the remote outpost as punishment for his insubordination. Love and tragedy abound in this unflattering look at military life and American thought before the war. Based on the novel by James Jones.
The Columbia TriStar special edition video #80693 is part of a limited edition Academy Awards sell through package that comes with a free copy of "Oscar's Greatest Moments," a classic collection of some of the most memorable moments from Oscar telecasts.
Contract player Aldo Ray was the original choice for Prewitt by Columbia Studio chief Harry Cohn, but Fred Zinnemann and novelist James Jones wanted Montgomery Clift.
Filmed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
The film's technical consultant was Retired Brigadier General Kendall J. Fielder, Ret.
Additional cast: Merle Travis (Sal Anderson), Arthur Keegan (Treadwell), Douglas Henderson (Corporal Champ Wilson), and John Bryant (Captain Ross).