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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 ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"Let's love tonight," they said, "There may be no tomorrow!" 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 later admitted in one of her autobiographies that she had a huge crush on Gary Cooper. 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

Lieutenant Frederic Henry: It's filthy wine - it takes the enamel off your teeth and leaves it on the roof of your mouth.
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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

"A Farewell to Arms" originally ran 89 minutes, and was later cut to 78 minutes for a 1938 re-issue. The 89-minute version (unseen since the original theatrical run in 1932 and long thought to be lost) was released on DVD in 1999 by Image Entertainment (and re-released on DVD and blu-ray in 2011 by Kino Lorber Films), mastered from a nitrate print located in the David O. Selznick vaults. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemania (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Lucia
(uncredited)
Traditional Italian folksong
Sung by George Humbert
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User Reviews

 
Simply sublime.
20 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This is a magnificent picture, photographed sublimely by Charles Lang (who deservedly won an Oscar). Cooper and Hayes are brilliant as the World War One lovers - and the ending will bring you to tears. How wonderful to see Coop so vulnerable and so in love, and Hayes just shines from the screen like a diamond.

This film is very under-rated. The camerawork is ground-breaking and original - look for the shot when Hayes kisses Cooper as he is wheeled into his hospital room. Amazing. I really love this film.


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