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A Farewell to Arms (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 December 1957 (USA)
An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit.

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Dr. Emerich (as Oscar Homolka)
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Bonello
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Colonel Valentini
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Aymo
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Passini
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Major Stampi (as Jose Nieto)
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Captain Bassi (as Georges Brehat)
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Mrs. Zimmerman
Eduard Linkers ...
Lieutenant Zimmerman
Eva Kotthaus ...
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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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Trivia

The year the movie was released Jennifer Jones and David O. Selznick went to Pamplona to see the traditional bull run. Ernest Hemingway was also in town and when he heard that Selznick was there he said: "I'm going to kill that S.O.B.. He ruined my book!" See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

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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What's Wrong With This Picture?
23 January 2000 | by (San Francisco, Ca) – See all my reviews

Obviously, a great deal of time and money was lavished on this project. Producer Selznick intended it to be a vindication of a career that peaked with "Gone With The Wind" in 1939, and then began a long, slow, almost painful decline. By the mid fifties he had become something of a "has-been" in Hollywood. The result? Pretty much a miss. The book is probably unfilmable, of course, but the screenplay still leaves much to be desired. Rock Hudson is far too shallow to make a go at the over-the-top emotionalism this story needs. The usually wonderful Jennifer Jones, for whom this project was conceived, somehow doesn't seem to exhibit the idealism and resolve the part needs, and that she demonstrated with such seemingly effortlessness in many other films. The direction is stilted and sometimes downright awkward, more the fault of producer Selznick, I would bet, who had a reputation for micro-managing his films, than famed director Charles Vidor.

Simply put, I'm never convinced, not even for a moment, that what is happening is real and not just another movie. Too bad.


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