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A Farewell to Arms (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 December 1957 (USA)
An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit.

Directors:

Charles Vidor, John Huston (uncredited)

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Ernest Hemingway (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Lt. Frederick Henry
Jennifer Jones ... Catherine Barkley
Vittorio De Sica ... Major Alessandro Rinaldi
Oskar Homolka ... Dr. Emerich (as Oscar Homolka)
Mercedes McCambridge ... Miss Van Campen
Elaine Stritch ... Helen Ferguson
Kurt Kasznar ... Bonello
Victor Francen ... Colonel Valentini
Franco Interlenghi ... Aymo
Leopoldo Trieste ... Passini
José Nieto ... Major Stampi (as Jose Nieto)
Georges Bréhat Georges Bréhat ... Captain Bassi (as Georges Brehat)
Johanna Hofer Johanna Hofer ... Mrs. Zimmerman
Eduard Linkers Eduard Linkers ... Lieutenant Zimmerman
Eva Kotthaus ... Delivery Room Nurse
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Storyline

Frederick Henry, an American serving as a volunteer ambulance driver with the Italian forces in the First World War, is wounded and falls in love with his attending nurse, the British Catherine Barkley. In the midst of war and some intrigue, the pair struggles to stay together and to survive the horrors around them. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

14 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós a las armas See more »

Filming Locations:

Alps, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,353,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,000,000, 31 December 1958
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rock Hudson turned down Sayonara (1957) and Ben-Hur (1959) in order to make this film. He later said this was the biggest mistake of his career. See more »

Goofs

When Hudson and Jones are in the hotel bedroom he gives her a glass of wine. The amount of wine in her glass varies between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

Producer David O. Selznick tries to imitate the opening credits of his classic film, "Gone With The Wind", by having the letters of the title "A Farewell to Arms" sweep slowly across the screen from right to left. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Ronald Colman (1962) See more »

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Awful beyond any possible description
13 December 2008 | by EdwardCarterSee all my reviews

This is by far the worst Hemingway adaptation ever. Rock Hudson was badly miscast and entirely unbelievable as a hard-bitten soldier/adventurer drawn to war. Jennifer Jones was far too old for her part and Vittorio de Sica seemed to think he was acting in some other movie altogether. They tried to make a large-scale epic out of a low-key romantic novel and the result is terrible. As if that were not enough the whole thing is so slow, overlong and dated that it is practically unwatchable. Rock must have kicked himself for turning down "Sayonara" and "Ben Hur" in order to make this ghastly crap.

0/10. To be avoided.


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