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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>

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One of the great love stories of all time! 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

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 noted to be well crafted miniatures. 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

Catherine Barkley: [Catherine comes to tend a wounded Henry] Hello, darling!
Lieutenant Frederic Henry: Catherine!
[she kisses him]
Lieutenant Frederic Henry: You're lovely.
Catherine Barkley: Are you badly hurt?
Lieutenant Frederic Henry: You're lovely.
Catherine Barkley: [concerned] Oh my poor darling, it's your leg, isn't it?
Lieutenant Frederic Henry: You're the loveliest thing I ever saw.
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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

Referenced in Ghosks Is the Bunk (1939) See more »

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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