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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Jordan
... María
... Pablo
... Agustín (as Arturo de Cordova)
... Anselmo
Mikhail Rasumny ... Rafael
... Fernando
... Andres
... Primitivo
... Pilar
... El Sordo
Lilo Yarson ... Joaquin
... Paco
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Gustavo
Leonid Snegoff ... Ignacio
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Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era -- like Ernest Hemingway and his friends -- has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a bridge in a cave. Pilar, who is in charge there, has an ability to foretell the future. And so that night she encourages Maria, a young girl ravaged by enemy soldiers, to join Jordan who has decided to spend the night under the stars. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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In spite of all the things that were done to me...I never kissed a man until you...and now there are only three days and three nights! See more »


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28 April 1944 (Sweden)  »

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Por Quem os Sinos Dobram  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,800,000
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

This film saved the famous love song "As Time Goes By" from being removed from Casablanca (1942). Ingrid Bergman began filming this movie immediately after completing "Casablanca". For this role, her hair was cut short. Meanwhile, for "Casablanca", Warner Brothers wanted to substitute another song for "As Time Goes By" and re-shoot some scenes with Bergman. However, since her hair had been cut, there would be a problem with continuity (even if Bergman wore a wig), so the idea was dropped. See more »

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Pilar and Pablo use an 1892 Krag-Jorgenson (or variant). Whilst it is possible, since the Spanish Civil War was called by one historian "A gunrunners paradise where they sold every type of firearm to the Loyalists", it is extremely unlikely that such a rifle, with its odd cartridge, was imported into Spain for the war effort. See more »

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Robert Jordan: A man fights for what he believes in, Fernando!
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Opening credits prologue: any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde: and therefore never send to know For Whom The Bell Tolls It tolls for thee.

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Referenced in The Facts of Life: Different Drummer (1982) See more »

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Spectacular and colorful adaptation based on Hemingway novel with two classical myths : Cooper and Bergman
14 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

The picture narrates how an American professor(Gary Cooper) enlisted to the International Brigades (Brigade Lincoln) resolves to join himself with a group of rebels during Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) : The guerrilla is formed by a bunch of peasants : Vladimir Sokoloff , Akim Tamiroff , Arturo Cordoba , Katina Paxinou and he then falls in love with the gorgeous Ingrid Bergman . He's ordered by the Republic's authority blowing up a bridge and he'll have to confront a lot of dangers and risks and stifle the facing off among the members of the motley commando .

Runtime film is overlong , the run is about two hours and half but isn't dreary . It's based on Ernest Hemingway book magnificently translated to Cinemascope big screen . The movie has tension , drama , a love story , derring-do, warlike adventures , heroic events , romantic tale and although sometimes is slow-moving , isn't boring , neither tiring . Cooper and Bergman are attractive and romantics , both protagonists were especially selected by Hemingway . The secondary cast is impressive : Tamiroff , Vladimir Sokoloff , Joseph Calleia , Fortunio Bonanova but Kattina Paxinou -actress myth in Greece- is top notch, thus she won the Academy Award , Oscar , as the best support cast for her role as the impulsive , lusty and brave guerrilla woman . Exceptional and glimmer cinematography by Ray Rennahan and enjoyable music by Victor Young . The motion picture was well directed by Sam Wood. The picture was prohibited in Spain by the censorship until recent years . Rating: Very good . Above average .


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