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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.

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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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ingrid Bergman's first color film. See more »

Goofs

On the dawn of the second day (at around 43 mins), as Jordan is waking up, a large metal fan can be seen spinning on the left. See more »

Quotes

Robert Jordan: Are you afraid?
Maria: Not now. I love you, Roberto. Always remember. I love you as I loved my father and mother, as I love our unborn children, as I love what I love most in the world, and I love you more. Always remember.
Robert Jordan: I'll remember.
Maria: Nothing can ever part us now, can it?
Robert Jordan: Nothing, Maria.
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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

Prior to its domestic release on VHS in 1995, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" was only available for home media on a Japanese-released laserdisc. That version ran 125 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Splendor (1989) See more »

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I no provoke, Inglis!
15 January 2001 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

I have read most of Hemingway's novels and enjoy him for the romantic he is (why is it some people view him as a realist?). However, when I see this film, as well as the Tyrone Power version of THE SUN ALSO RISES, I am left wondering if the problem with Hollywood adaptations of his work was that they were TOO faithful. That's right, all you Hemingway lovers: too faithful. The man's dialog works on paper, but when spoken by the actors--good actors at that--it becomes downright silly.

Hemingway once wrote a play, THE FIFTH COLUMN, that was snickered by theatre-goers in 1937. He learned his lesson and never wrote another play. Some of the Hollywood scriptwriters might have also learned, if not from the reviews of THE FIFTH COLUMN, at least from the film of THE KILLERS: the best way to adapt Hemingway is to steer away from his dialog, not stick so close to it.

That said, I must confess I enjoy this film like the others...though I can't help but chuckle at it sometimes.


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