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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, History | 16 July 1943 (USA)
During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

Director:

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Whom the Bell Tolls See more »

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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

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It received its television premiere in San Francisco Monday 5 January 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), launching the MCA/Paramount Library on that channel. It was broadcast in color, a rarity at that time, particularly for a CBS affiliated station, when color television was still in its infancy and vintage feature films rarely were granted that courtesy and expenditure. After this initial telecast, and its next one in Omaha 3 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), the film was withdrawn from television in deference to the forthcoming CBS Playhouse 90 production, highly publicized as the most ambitious television dramatic presentation of the season, to be broadcast in two parts, Thursday 12 March 1959 and Thursday 19 March 1959. The film's eventual widespread local television broadcasts resumed in Milwaukee 11 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Minneapolis 7 August 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Johnstown 8 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), in Toledo, in two parts, Monday-Tuesday 9-10 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Grand Rapids 12 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Asheville 15 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Detroit 26 November 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in St. Louis 12 December 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Philadelphia 25 June 1960 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Los Angeles 12 November 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Chicago 17 February 1961 on WBBM (Channel 2), and, finally, in New York City 19 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). Since color broadcasting was still in its infancy and limited to only a small number of high rated, mostly live programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, except for its initial telecast in San Francisco, all these film showings were all in B&W. Television viewers were not offered the opportunity to see vintage feature films in their original Technicolor until several years later. The DVD was first released by Universal 1 June 1999 and was re-released 19 May 2015. Cable TV viewers now also have the opportunity to watch it occasionally on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Goofs

As one of the Loyalists is firing the Lewis gun on the mountain, you can see the bolt moving, but no shells ejecting. See more »

Quotes

Maria: She
[Pilar]
Maria: said, 'we must live all our life in the time that remains.'
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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 »

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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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