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Dudley Nichols (screen play)
Ernest Hemingway (from the celebrated novel by)
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Release Date:
28 April 1944 (Sweden) See more »
Thunderous! Tender! Touching! See more »
During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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"the best screen adaption of any Hemingway novel" See more (60 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Robert Jordan

Ingrid Bergman ... María

Akim Tamiroff ... Pablo

Arturo de Córdova ... Agustín (as Arturo de Cordova)

Vladimir Sokoloff ... Anselmo
Mikhail Rasumny ... Rafael

Fortunio Bonanova ... Fernando

Eric Feldary ... Andres

Victor Varconi ... Primitivo

Katina Paxinou ... Pilar

Joseph Calleia ... El Sordo
Lilo Yarson ... Joaquin

Alexander Granach ... Paco
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Gustavo
Leonid Snegoff ... Ignacio
Leo Bulgakov ... General Golz

Duncan Renaldo ... Lt. Berrendo

Frank Puglia ... Captain Gomez

Pedro de Cordoba ... Colonel Miranda
Michael Visaroff ... Staff Officer

Martin Garralaga ... Captain Mora

Jean Del Val ... The Sniper
John Mylong ... Colonel Duval (as Jack Mylong)

Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Kashkin (as Feodor Chaliapin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maxine Ardell ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Samuel Azteca ... Soldier with Bayonet (uncredited)
Eumenio Blanco ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Peasant Who Flails González (uncredited)

Dick Botiller ... Sergeant - Elias' Man (uncredited)

Yakima Canutt ... Young Cavalryman (uncredited)

Eduardo Ciannelli ... (uncredited)

Harry Cording ... Man Who Flails the Mayor (uncredited)

Franco Corsaro ... Elias' Man (uncredited)

George Coulouris ... André Massart (uncredited)
Michael Dalmatoff ... Mayor Benito García (uncredited)

Yvonne De Carlo ... Girl in Cafe (uncredited)
Marjorie Deanne ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Soldier #1 (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Lynda Grey ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)

Soledad Jiménez ... Guillermo's Wife (uncredited)
Chris King ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Alice Kirby ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)

Louise La Planche ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)

Frank Lackteen ... Elias' Man (uncredited)
Manuel López ... Civil Guard (uncredited)
Antonio Molina ... Guillermo (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Civil Guard (uncredited)

Alberto Morin ... Soldier #2 (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ... Ricardo (uncredited)
Emilio Ortego ... Soldier with Bayonet (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Officer of Civil Guards Shot by Pablo (uncredited)
Marcella Phillips ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Soldier #3 (uncredited)
Tito Renaldo ... Young Sentry from Anselmo's Village (uncredited)
Nadine Riga ... Woman (uncredited)
Luis Rojas ... Drunkard Who Flails Guillermo (uncredited)
Armand Roland ... Julian (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... Karkov (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Bored Sentry Reading Newspaper (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... Faustino Rivero (uncredited)

José Luis Tortosa ... Civil Guard (uncredited)
Trina Varella ... Spanish Singer (uncredited)

Blanca Vischer ... Spanish girl who salutes Robert Jordan at the beginning in the Cafe. (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screen play)

Ernest Hemingway (from the celebrated novel by)

Louis Bromfield  contract writer (uncredited)
Jeanie Macpherson  contract writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Sam Wood .... producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Victor Young (music score)
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John F. Link Sr.  (as John F. Link)
Sherman Todd 
Casting by
John Mieklejohn (uncredited)
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies 
Art Direction by
Haldane Douglas 
Hans Dreier 
Set Decoration by
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Joe Hadley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lavaughn Speer .... hair (uncredited)
Production Management
Lonnie D'Orsa .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lonnie D'Orsa .... assistant director (uncredited)
Clem Jones .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Salven .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph C. Youngerman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph C. Youngerman .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Colconda .... props (uncredited)
Robert McCrellis .... props (uncredited)
Oliver C. Stratton .... prop department supervisor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Arnold Braun .... recordist (uncredited)
Ted Powell .... mike grip (uncredited)
Philip Wisdom .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jan Domela .... special photographic effects
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Irmin Roberts .... special photographic effects
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunt double: Gary Cooper (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Grant .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Howard Kelly .... gaffer (uncredited)
Arthur A. Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Roger Mace .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Olsen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Guy Roe .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Edward Soderberg .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Karl Struss .... second unit director of photography (uncredited)
Stuart Thompson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... company grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joe Egli .... casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
LeVaughn Larson .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Fred Starns .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Pat Williams .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Monroe W. Burbank .... color controller (uncredited)
John Hamilton .... color technician (uncredited)
K. Hunter .... color technician (uncredited)
Location Management
Norman Lacey .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor color director
Howard Batt .... pilot (uncredited)
Dana Boller .... pilot (uncredited)
Frank Clarke .... pilot (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman .... script clerk (uncredited)
Nancy Didrickson .... stand-in: Ingrid Bergman (uncredited)
Chubby Gordon .... pilot (uncredited)
Paul Gustine .... pilot (uncredited)
John Mari .... technical director (uncredited)
Don Robb .... assistant business manager (uncredited)
Drew Stanfield .... wrangler (uncredited)
Sidney Street .... business manager (uncredited)
Joel Thorne .... pilot (uncredited)
Herb White .... pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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170 min | USA:134 min (re-release) | USA:168 min (restored version) | West Germany:130 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:A | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:PG | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (2003) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2000) | UK:U (video rating) (1989) | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (Classified and Passed by) (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #7982) | West Germany:16 (f) (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

At the film's conclusion, Gary Cooper's horse falls and breaks its leg. The only horse the crew could get to do the stunt was brown, but Cooper's horse throughout the film was gray. Rather than re-shoot much of the film, Cooper's brown stunt horse was painted gray.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Robert Jordan:A man fights for what he believes in, Fernando!See more »
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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
"the best screen adaption of any Hemingway novel", 2 January 2001
Author: pae-sk from Framingham Massachusets

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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