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During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

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Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era -- like Ernest Hemingway and his friends -- has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a bridge in a cave. Pilar, who is in charge there, has an ability to foretell the future. And so that night she encourages Maria, a young girl ravaged by enemy soldiers, to join Jordan who has decided to spend the night under the stars. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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28 April 1944 (Sweden)  »

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For Whom the Bell Tolls  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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This film saved the famous love song "As Time Goes By" from being removed from Casablanca (1942). Ingrid Bergman began filming this movie immediately after completing "Casablanca". For this role, her hair was cut short. Meanwhile, for "Casablanca", Warner Brothers wanted to substitute another song for "As Time Goes By" and re-shoot some scenes with Bergman. However, since her hair had been cut, there would be a problem with continuity (even if Bergman wore a wig), so the idea was dropped. See more »

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Early in film when Gary Cooper's character Robert Jorden meets General Golz, Cooper's shadow can be seen on a wall in the background. In the straight-on angle it's Cooper's shadow. But in another angle it's obvious another person was used to create the shadow. When Cooper places his hand on his chin, the shadow's move is late by a second. See more »

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Robert Jordan: If you weren't a Gypsy, I'd shoot ya.
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Just one great story
29 August 2006 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

I first read this book at least 30 years ago and last read it at least 25 years ago and I can still remember many of the scenes and lines from it. It has to be one of the top ten books of the last century and one of the top ten ever by an American author. The book (not necessarily the movie) reveals the courage and horror of war about as effectively as anything else I've ever read. Cooper successfully underplays as an American explosives expert fighting the Nazis in Spain while working with some dicey (to say it mildly) locals and an appealing Bergman. Here's the rub - the movie is actually TOO faithful to the book (you'll never hear me say that elsewhere), they literally lift the dialogue off the pages. Hemingway's books read better than they talk, too often the dialogue comes out stilted or over-dramatic when filmed. The casting is great, the scenery magnificent, so I can live with this other thing (as Ernie might say).


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