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Ben Hecht (screenplay)
Ernest Hemingway (novel)
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Release Date:
14 December 1957 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
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Disappointing Remake of Hemingway's WWI Romance See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rock Hudson ... Lt. Frederick Henry

Jennifer Jones ... Catherine Barkley

Vittorio De Sica ... Major Alessandro Rinaldi

Oskar Homolka ... Dr. Emerich (as Oscar Homolka)

Mercedes McCambridge ... Miss Van Campen

Elaine Stritch ... Helen Ferguson

Kurt Kasznar ... 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

Alberto Sordi ... Father Galli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luigi Barzini ... Court Martial Colonel (uncredited)
Memmo Carotenuto ... Nino the Doorkeeper (uncredited)
Patrick Crean ... Medical Lieutenant (uncredited)
Albert D'Amario ... Arrested Officer (uncredited)
Angelo Galassi ... Firing Squad Commander (uncredited)
Stephen Garret ... Captain Defender (uncredited)
Guidarino Guidi ... Civilian Doctor (uncredited)
Carlo Hintermann ... Café's Customer (uncredited)

Peter Illing ... Milan Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Vittorio Jannitti ... Hotel Proprietor (uncredited)
Diana King ... Hospital Receptionist (uncredited)
Antonio La Raina ... Delivery Room Anaesthetist (uncredited)
Sam Levine ... Swiss Sergeant (uncredited)
Carlo Licari ... Racetrack Announcer (uncredited)
Franco Mancinelli ... Captain at Outpost (uncredited)
Guido Martufi ... Boy Scout (uncredited)

Clelia Matania ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Gisella Mathews ... Nurse in Catherine's Room (uncredited)
Peter Meersman ... Major Accuser (uncredited)
Tiberio Mitri ... Café's Other Customer (uncredited)
Alexis Revidis ... Carabiniere Officer (uncredited)

Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Carabiniere (uncredited)
Umberto Sacripante ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)

Joan Shawlee ... Blonde Nurse (uncredited)
Umberto Spadaro ... Barber (uncredited)

Bud Spencer ... Carabiniere (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Vidor 
John Huston (uncredited)
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (screenplay)

Ernest Hemingway (novel)

Laurence Stallings (play)

Produced by
Arthur Fellows .... associate producer (uncredited)
David O. Selznick .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Mario Nascimbene 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris 
Piero Portalupi (photographed by)
James Wong Howe (uncredited)
Film Editing by
John M. Foley 
Gerard Wilson  (as Gerard J. Wilson)
Production Design by
Alfred Junge 
Art Direction by
Mario Garbuglia 
Set Decoration by
Veniero Colasanti 
John Moore 
Costume Design by
Veniero Colasanti (uncredited)
John Moore (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Gaspare Carboni .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Marton .... second unit director (uncredited)
Luciano Sacripanti .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gastone Medin .... associate production designer
Dudley Holmes .... property master (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Knott .... sound recordist
Murray Spivack .... sound recordist
Carl J. Brandon .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Harold E. McGhan .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Willis Cook .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Costel Grozea .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Ibbetson .... camera operator
Morris Rosen .... master grip
Idelmo Simonelli .... camera operator
Derek V. Browne .... focus puller (uncredited)
Peter Newbrook .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Franco Salvi .... wardrobe (uncredited; as Frank Salvi)
Editorial Department
James E. Newcom .... supervising editor
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... conductor
Audrey Granville .... music editor (as Audray Granville)
Other crew
Luigi Barzini Jr. .... technical advisor
Giulio Ferrari .... technical advisor (as Prof. Giulio Ferrari)
Alessandro Paoletti .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. Alessandro Paoletti)
Lydia Schiller .... scenario assistant
David O. Selznick .... presenter
Harriet Medin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Frederick Muller .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen B. Grimes .... acknowledgment (as Stephen Grimes)
Andrew Marton .... acknowledgment
Peter Newbrook .... acknowledgment
Crew verified as complete

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152 min | Italy:141 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 (1957) (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (2005) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (certificate #18795) | West Germany:16
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Finnish censorship visa # 048328.See more »
Continuity: In the café while Catherine is in hospital, Frederick is shown placing the sugar cubes on the table, with three already there and his hand moving to place there the fourth one. Camera cuts to a different angle and there are suddenly five sugar cubes on the table. Later in the same scene, after he flattens the sugar cubes with his hand, the position of his hand (and sugar cubes) changes instantly and he's holding one sugar cube that he wasn't holding a split second before.See more »


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Disappointing Remake of Hemingway's WWI Romance, 24 December 2016
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Familiar music plays while a white wooden sign appears that heralds "A David O. Selznick Production;" the orchestral score swells, and the film title in huge letters sweeps from right to left as though too big to be contained by a mere movie screen; a written prologue introduces background to the era; a turbulent romance unfolds against a terrible war; thousands of soldiers march and fight; civilians flee a burning city under attack; an overworked doctor struggles in a make-shift hospital that overflows with wounded soldiers; a woman struggles through a difficult childbirth. "Gone with the Wind?" No, but viewers could be confused by the similarities. Selznick's 1957 remake of "A Farewell to Arms" was the producer's vain attempt to match or surpass his 1939 masterwork. Unfortunately, the big budget production of Ernest Hemingway's love story during World War I falls short.

Directed by Charles Vidor from a script by Ben Hecht, the film has some fine elements that include a lush score by Mario Nascimbene and scenic locations in the Italian Alps lensed by Oswald Morris and Piero Portolupi. However, despite the anti-war sentiments expressed, the slight story does not warrant the grandiose production values lavished on an overlong film with much pictorial filler, and unflattering comparisons to Frank Borzage's 1932 production are inevitable. The outlines of the two films are similar; American falls for English nurse; they are separated; he is wounded; she is transferred to the hospital where he is convalescing; their romance deepens; melodramatic consequences ensue.

Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones are an uncomfortable fit as the stars and lack the chemistry of Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper in the earlier version. While Rock Hudson as Lt. Frederick Henry, an American soldier in the Italian army, is at the peak of his hunky good looks, Jennifer Jones, six years Hudson's senior, seems too mature as Catherine Barkley, an English nurse with no English accent. The two stars have different acting styles as well; Hudson is only passable, and he lacks the depth and passion of a man deeply in love. While Jones is credible in a 1940's romantic movie manner, she overplays at times, and her character often seems on an emotional edge. Vittorio De Sica as Major Alessandro Rinaldi, a military doctor, received the film's only Oscar nomination as Supporting Actor. Elaine Stritch as a sympathetic nurse, Mercedes McCambridge as a strict head nurse, and Oskar Homolka as a Swiss doctor also appear. Unfortunately, sequences intended as comic depict bumbling incompetent Italians and are dated and embarrassing.

"A Farewell to Arms" has too much going for it to be called a misfire. However, the film misses the target as a companion piece to "Gone with the Wind," which remains secure as David O. Selznick's crowning achievement. Perhaps a stronger male star and tighter editing could have improved this Hemingway adaptation. While the movie is passable entertainment, the project had unrealized potential, but Selznick's "A Farewell to Arms" eventually falls flat as an unconvincing overlong romance.

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