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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Arturo de Córdova ...
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Adia Kuznetzoff ...
Gustavo
Leonid Snegoff ...
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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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In spite of all the things that were done to me...I never kissed a man until you...and now there are only three days and three nights! See more »


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28 April 1944 (Sweden)  »

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Por Quem os Sinos Dobram  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It received its television premiere Monday 5 January 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), launching the Paramount series on that channel. It was broadcast in color, a rarity at that time, when color television was still in its infancy and vintage feature films rarely were granted that courtesy and expenditure. See more »

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As one of the Loyalists is firing the Lewis gun on the mountain, you can see the bolt moving, but no shells ejecting. See more »

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Pablo: [speaking of Maria] She's a very strange woman. She's of no one. But she cooks well.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde: and therefore never send to know For Whom The Bell Tolls It tolls for thee.

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"the best screen adaption of any Hemingway novel"
2 January 2001 | by (Framingham Massachusets) – See all my reviews

Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, the prelude to WWII, this is one of the great action/adventure films of all time and the best screen adaption of any Hemingway novel. Cooper and Bergman set the sparks flying like Bogie and Bacall, and are sexier on screen without ever taking their clothes off than any of todays red hot lovers stark naked. Coop's hat alone deserves an honorary Oscar for Best Costume. Old pros like Vladimir Sokoloff, Akim Tamiroff and Fortunio Bonanova (whom film buffs will recognise as the opera coach from "Citizen Kane") keep that inimitable Hemingway dialogue moving at a brisk pace and Katina Paxinou, who copped the Best Supporting Actress award, is the embodiment of one of Hem's greatest characters. I have the 156 min version taped off cable and the added footage makes you hungry to see the whole 170 minute version (if it still exists). Don't miss this one. Four stars.


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