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A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 8 December 1932 (USA)
An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Benjamin Glazer (screenplay), Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Hayes ... Catherine
Gary Cooper ... Frederic
Adolphe Menjou ... Rinaldi
Mary Philips ... Ferguson
Jack La Rue ... Priest
Blanche Friderici ... Head Nurse
Mary Forbes Mary Forbes ... Miss Van Campen
Gilbert Emery ... British Major
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Storyline

A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together. The film also analyses Lt. Henry's feelings on war and the purpose of fighting. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Every woman who has loved will understand. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós a las armas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Helen Hayes was widely considered miscast as an English nurse. See more »

Goofs

To the modern discerning eye, the use of miniatures is apparent in some scenes. If one looks very closely at the first scene, ambulance trucks driving up a winding mountain road will be seen to be well crafted miniatures. See more »

Quotes

Rinaldi: I will see you are decorated for bravery. Perhaps we can get you the medalgio d'argento. But certainly the bronze one. Did you carry somebody out of battle?
Lieutenant Frederic Henry: I didn't carry anyone. I couldn't move.
Rinaldi: Surely there was something heroic. Tell me what you did.
Lieutenant Frederic Henry: I was blown up eating cheese.
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Crazy Credits

In the original 1932 credits, the credits are punctuated by aerial bomb blasts, and every time there is a blast, a credit disappears to be replaced by the next one. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: Paramount decided, after much disagreement, to keep Hemingway's original ending and fade out after the death of Catherine Barkley. This ending was kept for the European release, but a new ending in which Barkley lives was later added to the U.S. release. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Tristan und Isolde
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
In the score (particularly the "Liebestod" section) for the last few scenes when Frederic gets to Catherine
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A good war/romance movie
4 January 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

A Farewell to Arms features the expected good performances from Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, and Adolphe Menjou. For its time, it also features impressive sets. The dialogue also does justice to its source material, the Hemingway novel of the same name. This movie must've been appreciated much more at the time of its release, given the imminence of war sentiment and Hitler's rising power in Germany. All in all, a very good, though not great film, 7/10.


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