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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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Sam Wood

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screen play), Ernest Hemingway (from the celebrated novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Robert Jordan
Ingrid Bergman ... María
Akim Tamiroff ... Pablo
Arturo de Córdova ... Agustín (as Arturo de Cordova)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Anselmo
Mikhail Rasumny ... Rafael
Fortunio Bonanova ... Fernando
Eric Feldary ... Andres
Victor Varconi ... Primitivo
Katina Paxinou ... Pilar
Joseph Calleia ... El Sordo
Lilo Yarson Lilo Yarson ... Joaquin
Alexander Granach ... Paco
Adia Kuznetzoff Adia Kuznetzoff ... Gustavo
Leonid Snegoff Leonid Snegoff ... Ignacio
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Storyline

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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All the power and passion of Hemingway's immortal lovers who clung together in the darkness before a thunderous dawn. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 April 1944 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

For Whom the Bell Tolls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ernest Hemingway insisted that Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman star in the film, despite the fact that Vera Zorina had already been cast as María and her hair had been cropped. See more »

Goofs

(at around 50 mins) Pilar says "Wait" to Jordan and Maria. It is clear that the shot has been reversed, as the bolt handle and magazine on her Krag-Jorgenson carbine (see previous entry) was on the left of the rifle, whereas this weapon was only made in right-handed versions. See more »

Quotes

Maria: Kiss me.
Robert Jordan: You're shameless.
Maria: Yes.
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Crazy Credits

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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Alternate Versions

Original roadshow presentation ran 170 minutes, not counting intermission. Film was later cut to 130 minutes for general release. The restored version released to VHS, laserdisc, and DVD, lists a running time of 166 minutes. This version was produced from a 156-minute archival print, with overture and entr'acte music making up the additional 10 minutes of running time, While this restored version reinstates most of the cut footage, about 4 minutes from the original roadshow remain missing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Julia: For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls (1969) See more »

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For Whom The Bell Tolls
28 February 2014 | by jhkpSee all my reviews

This is a fine film, very popular in its day for depicting the desperate fight for freedom that even civilians engaged in by choice, at a time when democracy was in fact truly threatened and there was a very real possibility it would disappear from the earth. Because of the bravery of so many men and women of that time, the freedom that many today take for granted was assured. But it is by no means permanent.

The film is relatively heavy but certainly many modern films about current events are equally heavy. One is either involved or not but I found it a great story of a small group of people who have survived a great deal of pain in life and who have little to lose. The film presents the characters very well, allowing us to like and understand them. It was shot in Technicolor on realistic locations and beautifully designed by William Cameron Menzies. The music by Victor Young is outstanding.

In case anyone may not know, Ingrid Bergman was the choice of Ernest Hemingway. In fact, he went out of his way to see to it that the ballet dancer and actress Vera Zorina, who was originally cast and who had begun shooting the film, was replaced by Bergman. Hemingway also wanted Gary Cooper and no one else to play Robert Jordan. How can these actors be 'miscast' when the author who created the characters felt they were perfect for the roles?


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