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A Farewell to Arms (1957)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  14 December 1957 (USA)
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The story of an affair between an English nurse an an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I.

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Oskar Homolka ...
Dr. Emerich (as Oscar Homolka)
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Bonello
Victor Francen ...
Colonel Valentini
Franco Interlenghi ...
Aymo
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Passini
José Nieto ...
Major Stampi (as Jose Nieto)
Georges Bréhat ...
Captain Bassi (as Georges Brehat)
Johanna Hofer ...
Mrs. Zimmerman
Eduard Linkers ...
Lieutenant Zimmerman
Eva Kotthaus ...
Delivery Room Nurse
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Storyline

Frederick Henry, an American serving as a volunteer ambulance driver with the Italian forces in the First World War, is wounded and falls in love with his attending nurse, the British Catherine Barkley. In the midst of war and some intrigue, the pair struggles to stay together and to survive the horrors around them. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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14 December 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós a las armas  »

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$4,353,000 (estimated)
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Ernest Hemingway was not shy about expressing his dismay over producer David O. Selznick casting his 38-year old wife Jennifer Jones in the role of the 21-year-old nurse Catharine in the remake of his second novel, "A Farewell to Arms". Selznick had earlier tried to generate publicity for the film by making a token payment to Hemingway for the novel, even though he was not required to do so as Hemingway had sold away the rights to his book a generation before. The gesture did not earn Hemingway's goodwill. See more »

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When Hudson and Jones are in the hotel bedroom he gives her a glass of wine. The amount of wine in her glass varies between shots. See more »

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Producer David O. Selznick tries to imitate the opening credits of his classic film, "Gone With The Wind", by having the letters of the title "A Farewell to Arms" sweep slowly across the screen from right to left. See more »

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Total crap adaptation
2 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film should be called adventures in Cinemascope. It is like the screenwriter and director tooks the Cliff's Notes page 3 outline and decided that this would be a great vehicle for a film about the Italian Alps. Rock Hudson is pretty good here, but the dialogue bears no resemblance to Hemingway at all. This is a made up version of Hemingway. Hecht, the screenwriter, is a hack. Watch the 1932 version with Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. That is great cinema and was made by someone who understood Hemingway and the war in Northern Italy. Gary Cooper is very, very good compared to his performance in For Whom the Bell Tolls where he is stiff as a board and thinks he is in a western.

Anyway, if you are a Hemingway fan, do yourself a favor and do not watch this film. Your best bet is to get the unabridged audio CD and just listen to one of the greatest novels ever written.


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