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As writer Harry Street lays gravely wounded from an African hunting accident he feverishly reflects on what he perceives as his failures at love and writing. Through his delirium he recalls his one true love Cynthia Green who he lost by his obsession for roaming the world in search of stories for his novels. Though she is dead Cynthia continues to haunt Street's thoughts. In spite of one successful novel after another, Street feels he has compromised his talent to ensure the success of his books, making him a failure in his eyes. His neglected wife Helen tends to his wounds, listens to his ranting, endures his talk of lost loves, and tries to restore in him the will to fight his illness until help arrives. Her devotion to him makes him finally realize that he is not a failure. With his realization of a chance for love and happiness with Helen, he regains his will to live. Written by
E.W. DesMarais <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ernest Hemingway disliked the film because he thought it cannibalized material from his other work to pad the story. He told friend Ava Gardner that the only things he liked about it were her and the hyena. It has been reported, but not confirmed, that director Henry King mimicked the hyena on the soundtrack. See more »
At the restaurant in Spain, prior to when Harry leaves Cynthia at the table, he puts his left hand on her left arm in the long shot. In the closer shot, he is seen to take his right hand off her left arm as he stands up. See more »
Darling, there's a war going on there.
There's a war goung on here too right at this table! There's a dandy little war going on!
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Boring, talkative movie, too long, over-acted movie with dull camera work about a wounded, but dull Hemingway-like writer yakking away in an African plain, remembering his dead first wife, while fighting off death.
Half way through you are yelling, "Die Already." When the Hyena shows up, you are hoping that the beast eats the bore.
Nobody shines in this movie.
Peck is awful.
Gardner's character is a cliché.
Hayward isn't even interesting.
King's direction is stuck in the mud.
Big budget bloated bore.
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