Transferring into an infantry company in Honolulu in 1941, before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Montgomery Clift, a non-conformist, immediately runs into trouble, despite the advice of Burt Lancaster, the first sergeant, who knows a smart soldier never tries to buck the system. Lancaster is in love with Deborah Kerr, wife of Philip Ober, the company commander, who hates her husband because of his cruelty and infidelity. Clift falls in love with Donna Reed, hostess in a dubious Honolulu nightspot. When a sadistic bully kills a soldier, Clift whips him in a fist fight; as a result, Ober's treatment of his men is revealed and he is compelled to resign. Clift kills the bully in a knife battle. When the Japs attack, Clift -- trying to return to his company -- is shot by mistake. Donna and Deborah, disillusioned and unhappy, return to the U.S.
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