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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)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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


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For her role in this film, Katina Paxinou became the first actress to win Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. 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 »

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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

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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Spoofed in Say Cheese, Please (1970) 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 ma-cortesSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 July 1943 (USA) See more »

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For Whom the Bell Tolls 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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