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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 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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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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on Februray 12, 1945, with Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper and Akim Tamiroff reprising their film roles. 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 »

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Anselmo: They always spit in the gorge. It brings luck.
Robert Jordan: I wish I could spit that far.
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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 Odds and Evens (1978) See more »

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By the end, I was riveted
28 March 2007 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1943): This is Ernest Hemmingway's story of Germany and Italy attacking Spain in 1937, and the anti-fascists who fought against them. Nearly three hours in length (originally with an intermission), there ARE those "epic" moments (issues of freedom, sacrifice, etc.), but overall, it was released mid-WWII as a drama and romance of a very high level (equal to "The African Queen"). Handsome Gary Cooper and lovely Ingrid Bergman star with a cast of gritty mountain fighters, including the bawdy, tough-as-nails Katina Paxinou. Cooper is an explosives expert from America, who makes the private effort to join the anti-fascists. He sees the writing on the wall: if the Axis isn't stopped in Spain, they'll take Europe, England, and then America… which of course WAS the actual plan of Germany. Bergman is an accidental member of the fighters, who was saved by this disparate band. The main goal is to destroy a huge, important bridge spanning two mountains, which the Axis needs for transporting troops and weapons. Despite the almost lurid Technicolor (you CAN get it adjusted to something reasonable if you try) (or just switch it to b/w), this is an engaging, if sometimes drawn out story of one effort to destroy one location by a small group of fighters who are willing to die for their people and freedom. The characters and story are more complex and unpredictable than a typical Hollywood film, thanks to Hemmingway. The love story should be expected, but IS used as a device to establish "epic" issues. By the end, I was riveted to the increasingly tense outcome.


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Language:

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Release Date:

16 July 1943 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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