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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
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Charles Vidor delights us with a splendid history of love. 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 Hinterman ... 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 Levene ... 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
A. Charles Knott .... sound recordist (as Charles Knott)
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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Selznick and Fox paid Universal $17,000 per week for Hudson's services.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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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Charles Vidor delights us with a splendid history of love., 24 June 2010
Author: psagray from Spain

The film is a beautiful love story between a young American journalist, lt. Frederick Henry (Rock Hudson), but as a volunteer as ambulance driver in the Italian army, and a beautiful assistant nurse British, Catherine Barkley (Jennifer Jones), in Italy for the First Great War (1914-1918).

"A Farewell to Arms", is a splendid love story presented in a scenario of a battlefield. The indent highlights on top of the events of the war love between the two young, a love on the plan the uncertainty that transmits an atmosphere of war.

It is a film based on the autobiographical novel "A Farewell to Arms" (1929) of a journalist and writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). Hemingway was ambulance driver in the Italian army, was wounded in the legs and met a nurse whom lived with a similar love story. Hemingway is considered one of the main novelists of the 20th century. He was winner of the Pulitzer Prizes in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

I Recall having read the novel for many years and find a of the stories of love more exciting, but to see in film after many years, i have not captured this emotion transmitting the novel. Perhaps due to the different one's my perception on the same sentiments in the course of the years.

The novel has had several adjustments to the cinema and television, the most salient have been the 1932 with Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes and Adolphe Shaul, and this in 1957 with Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones and Vittorio de Sica. This actor was nominated for an Oscar for best actor.

The film has a magnificent photography of Piero Portalupi & Oswald Morris, therefore presents some spectacular landscapes of the Alps and its lakes. Good music of Mario Nascimbene, an outstanding production of David O. Selznick, and good direction by Charles Vidor, ("Gilda" 1946).

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