The 1953 Oscar-winning film about US soldiers in Hawaii before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour starred Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed. When Rice was interviewed about the project seven years ago, his fantasy casting targets were Catherine Zeta Jones and Kevin Spacey to play officer's wife Karen Holmes and her enlisted lover Sgt Milton, characters immortalised by Kerr and Lancaster with the film's crashing-waves-on-beach love scene. What’s more, he envisaged Johnny Depp in the conflicted Montgomery Clift role of Private Prewitt.
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