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Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)

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An immature young man from Middle America grows to manhood after a cross-country journey and his military service in World War I.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

A.E. Hotchner (screenplay), Ernest Hemingway (stories)
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Nominated for 5 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Beymer ... Nick Adams
Diane Baker ... Carolyn
Corinne Calvet ... Contessa
Fred Clark ... Mr. Turner
Dan Dailey ... Billy Campbell
James Dunn ... Telegrapher
Juano Hernandez ... Bugs
Arthur Kennedy ... Dr. Henry Adams
Ricardo Montalban ... Major Padula
Paul Newman ... The Battler
Susan Strasberg ... Rosanna
Jessica Tandy ... Mrs. Helen Adams
Eli Wallach ... John
Edward Binns ... Brakeman
Philip Bourneuf Philip Bourneuf ... City Editor
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Storyline

Young and restless Nick Adams, the only son of a domineering mother and a weak but noble doctor father, leaves his rural Michigan home to embark on an eventful cross-country journey. He is touched and affected by his encounters with a punch-drunk ex-boxer, a sympathetic telegrapher, and an alcoholic advancement for a burlesque show. After failing to get a job as reporter in New York, he enlists in the Italian army during World War I as an ambulance driver. His camaraderie with fellow soldiers and a romance with a nurse he meets after being wounded propel him to manhood. Written by duke1029

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Young Man In A Hungry Hurry. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1962 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Newman had played The Battler in an October 18, 1955 TV version of the story also adapted by A.E. Hotchner. Dewey Martin played Nick and Frederick O'Neal Bugs. Two years earlier on Oct. 11, 1953 Arnold Schulman adapted the story for "Omnibus," and it featured Chester Morris as "The Battler" with Dick York and John Marriot. See more »

Quotes

Nick Adams: Listen, Dad, you're always coming to me about Mother. Why don't you go to her for me and explain to her that I'm not a boy anymore.
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Well executed drama about the life of a young man...
6 February 2010 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 2/6/2010 - 7 out of 10 (Dir-Martin Ritt): Well executed drama about the life of a young man and how he became an adult thru his various experiences. The movie is based on some of Earnest Hemingway's stories and is somewhat autobiographical(which it seems like most of his stuff is). Anyway, this one is about a 19-year old boy named Nick Adams, played by Richard Beymer of West Side Story fame, who runs away from home in an attempt to get to New York and become a newspaper writer. He has no idea what he's getting into but he knows his experiences will help him somehow be what he wants to be. He eventually makes it there(after a couple of adventures with various characters), but is turned down by the newspaper companies saying he needs more experience of the work and life kind. He then ends up volunteering for the Italian army as an ambulance driver(mostly for the life experience but also because a pretty girl initiates the request) and gets more than he ever expected. People die near him, he falls in love and loses her to death, he gets wounded and all of the sudden you have a very experienced man by the time it's all over. The acting is first-rate throughout the whole movie and the direction is perfect for the story -- letting us follow it without too much added un-necessary touches. It's done very simply without much of a soundtrack either making it like we're watching life unfold before our eyes. The story overall is not that uplifting but it's real -- which is usually pretty hand to find in American productions. An overall very well made movie that keeps you interested throughout with many well laid-out characters on this Hemingway story turned to film.


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