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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

Certificate:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The ten "Nick Adams" stories utilized by screenwriter A.E. Hotchner are "Indian Camp," "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife," "The End of Something," "The Three Day Blow," "The Battler," "A Very Short Story," "In Another Country," "Now I Lay Me," "The Way of the World," and "A Way You'll Never Be." The latter portion of the film set in Italy is drawn from "A Farewell to Arms." 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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Interesting but lacking one key element
28 June 2016 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Beautifully produced version of Hemingway's saga of his early journey towards manhood. Amazing supporting cast is a mix of veterans and rising talent of the time with assured direction. The entire cast does well but there are a few standouts. Paul Newman does good character work as a punch drunk has-been boxer, Eli Wallach has some fun with his conscripted soldier and Arthur Kennedy offers his usual thoughtful work as the lead's goodhearted but dominated father. Also kept an eye out for a blink and you'll miss her appearance by Sharon Tate in her screen bow.

The problem lies in Richard Beymer in the lead. He's not bad but he's just sort of there lacking the charisma to anchor such a pageant over its extended running time. Someone with the ability to hold the camera's gaze is needed, either Steve McQueen or Albert Finney who were the proper age at the time would have been better casting. As it stands the film is good but missing the key element that would have made it more.


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