Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British ambassador to the Court of Naples. Emma who comes for a visit with her mother wouldn't cut the grade with London society but she ... See full summary »
A British army officer who resigns his commission on the eve of his unit's embarkation to a mission against Egyptian rebels seeks to redeem his cowardice by secretly aiding his former ... See full summary »
C. Aubrey Smith
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
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 <email@example.com>
The book (and movie's title) is taken from John Donne's "Meditation XVII" from 1624: ..."No man is an island, entire of itself... any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." See more »
During one scene,at an enemy check point,the night sky is full of stars(2:23:55).We see a mounted enemy patrol riding by the check point,under the moonlight(2:24:02).A few moments later,outside is clearly daylight(2:24:45)yet when the enemy soldier inside the check point booth blows into the lamp(2:25:29)the booth is in total darkness and there is no daylight coming through the windows. See more »
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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