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Of all the memorable characters created by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, none was more complicated, more fascinating, or more charismatic than Hemingway himself.... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Stacy Keach ...  Ernest Hemingway 4 episodes, 1988
Josephine Chaplin ...  Hadley Richardson 4 episodes, 1988
Marisa Berenson ...  Pauline Pfeiffer 4 episodes, 1988
Lisa Banes ...  Martha Gelhorn 4 episodes, 1988
Pamela Reed ...  Mary Welsh 4 episodes, 1988
Scott Weinger ...  Patrick Hemingway 4 episodes, 1988
Pascal Aubier Pascal Aubier 4 episodes, 1988
Stann Babb Stann Babb ...  Ambulance Tech (1988) 4 episodes, 1988
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ...  Trainer 4 episodes, 1988
Alba Raquel Barros Alba Raquel Barros 4 episodes, 1988
Jaime Bello Jaime Bello 4 episodes, 1988
Jay Benedict 4 episodes, 1988
Jean-Yves Berteloot ...  Jean the waiter 4 episodes, 1988
Jorge Bosso Jorge Bosso ...  Proprietor Hotel La Perla 4 episodes, 1988
Jean-Claude Bouillon Jean-Claude Bouillon 4 episodes, 1988
Uwe Brandner Uwe Brandner 4 episodes, 1988
Judith Burnett Judith Burnett ...  Alice Toklas 4 episodes, 1988
Elia Enid Cadilla Elia Enid Cadilla 4 episodes, 1988
José María Caffarel 4 episodes, 1988
Raúl Carbonell Raúl Carbonell 4 episodes, 1988
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ...  Ezra Pound 4 episodes, 1988
Robert Case Robert Case 4 episodes, 1988
Laura Cepeda 4 episodes, 1988
Richard De Burnchurch Richard De Burnchurch ...  Pat Guthrie 4 episodes, 1988
Consuelo De Haviland Consuelo De Haviland ...  Kitty Canell 4 episodes, 1988
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse 4 episodes, 1988
Jerry Di Giacomo Jerry Di Giacomo ...  Harold Loeb 4 episodes, 1988
Jesse Doran Jesse Doran ...  John Dos Passos 4 episodes, 1988
Bill Dunn 4 episodes, 1988
Brian Edwards Brian Edwards 4 episodes, 1988
Tim Eisenhart Tim Eisenhart ...  Dr. Saviers 4 episodes, 1988
Eric Elterman Eric Elterman 4 episodes, 1988
Nader Farman Nader Farman ...  Leon Fleischman 4 episodes, 1988
Logan Field Logan Field 4 episodes, 1988
Alain Flick Alain Flick ...  Lavigne 4 episodes, 1988
Raymond Forchion ...  Willard 4 episodes, 1988
Rafael Fuentes Rafael Fuentes 4 episodes, 1988
Fiona Fullerton ...  Lady Duff Twysden 4 episodes, 1988
Steve Gadler Steve Gadler 4 episodes, 1988
Robert Ground Robert Ground 4 episodes, 1988
Fernando Guillén ...  Ordóñez 4 episodes, 1988
Carmen Gutiérrez Carmen Gutiérrez ...  Housekeeper 4 episodes, 1988
Hans Peter Hallwachs Hans Peter Hallwachs 4 episodes, 1988
Jens Hessel Jens Hessel 4 episodes, 1988
Michael Hofland Michael Hofland 4 episodes, 1988
Margaret Kelly Margaret Kelly 4 episodes, 1988
Jeffrey Kime Jeffrey Kime 4 episodes, 1988
Bill Lawrence Bill Lawrence ...  Life Reporter / ... 4 episodes, 1988
Armando Lodigiani Armando Lodigiani ...  Gregorio Fuentes 4 episodes, 1988
Jack Luceno ...  Evan Shipman 4 episodes, 1988
Daniele Magli Daniele Magli 4 episodes, 1988
Philippe Mareuil Philippe Mareuil ...  M. Fouchard 4 episodes, 1988
Phillip Marquis Phillip Marquis 4 episodes, 1988
Mike Marshall Mike Marshall 4 episodes, 1988
Renzo Martini Renzo Martini 4 episodes, 1988
Rory McGuinness Rory McGuinness 4 episodes, 1988
Roy McKechinie Roy McKechinie 4 episodes, 1988
Michel Modo 4 episodes, 1988
Benjamín Morales Benjamín Morales 4 episodes, 1988
Michael Morris Michael Morris 4 episodes, 1988
Muritthi Muritthi 4 episodes, 1988
Bernard Musson Bernard Musson 4 episodes, 1988
Carla Orlandi ...  Lola (1988) 4 episodes, 1988
Virgen 'Coco' Orta Virgen 'Coco' Orta 4 episodes, 1988
David Pearson David Pearson 4 episodes, 1988
Emil Perauer Emil Perauer 4 episodes, 1988
Jean François Pistori Jean François Pistori 4 episodes, 1988
Priscilla Pointer ...  Grace Hemingway 4 episodes, 1988
Rebecca Potok Rebecca Potok ...  Gertrude Stein 4 episodes, 1988
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ...  Max Perkins 4 episodes, 1988
Oscar Rowland 4 episodes, 1988
Carlos Ruiz Carlos Ruiz 4 episodes, 1988
Aldo Sambrell ...  Old Italian Soldier 4 episodes, 1988
Dudley Sutton 4 episodes, 1988
Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas 4 episodes, 1988
Ana Torrent 4 episodes, 1988
Uhuru Uhuru 4 episodes, 1988
Pierre Vernier Pierre Vernier 4 episodes, 1988
James Villiers ...  Perceval 4 episodes, 1988
Ka Vundla Ka Vundla 4 episodes, 1988
Jesse Joe Walsh Jesse Joe Walsh 4 episodes, 1988
James Ward James Ward 4 episodes, 1988
Gérard Watkins Gérard Watkins 4 episodes, 1988
Stuart Whitman ...  Dr. Hemingway 4 episodes, 1988
Zoey Wilson Zoey Wilson ...  Sylvia Beach 4 episodes, 1988
Rosel Zech ...  Lilli Marleen 4 episodes, 1988


Of all the memorable characters created by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, none was more complicated, more fascinating, or more charismatic than Hemingway himself. Adored by women and the quintessential "man's man," he was husband, father, lover, war correspondent, brawler, adventurer, and a sportsman. Set against the turbulent history of the times, Hemingway reveals his tender and stormy relationships with his four wives, Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, and Mary Welsh, each of whom had significant impact on his work. Written by stewiec85

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Release Date:

16 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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Ernest: Sto orama tou paradeisou See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Excellent Account of Life of Hemingway, Well Made and Engrossing
16 August 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

The director Bernhard Sinkel made this excellent mini-series about Hemingway as long ago as 1988, and in 2003 it was finally made available on DVD, but it deserves to be much more widely known. Stacy Keach delivers a magnificent tour de force performance as Hemingway, and carries the entire series with power and conviction, satisfactorily making the transition from a virile young man to an old man suffering from no less than five brain concussions. (The makeup is superb, or this would not have worked.) It is amazing how much money was spent on this series, as extensive location shooting took place everywhere that was important in Hemingway's life. The series concentrates on Hemingway's troubled emotional life, with vivid and searing portraits of his relationships with his four successive wives. Hadley is well portrayed by Josephine Chaplin, with sweetness and devotion, and a helpless resignation to being left by him. It is a pity that Josephine ceased acting many years ago. The most riveting portrayal of a wife is by Marisa Berenson, as the predatory Pauline Pfeiffer. Although, from what Morley Callaghan tells us, Pauline was colder, less sympathetic, and more relentless than Berenson's version, this performance is so powerful and gripping that it is one of the highlights of the series. Lisa Banes is splendid as Martha Gelhorn, the independent and ruthless third wife who dumped her trophy husband when it suited her. Finally, Pamela Reed as the devoted fourth wife Mary Welsh brings just the right delicate touch to her role. There is a very powerful brief supporting performance by Ana Torent as Adriana, a girl Hemingway falls for in Venice. This series has endeavoured conscientiously to be as faithful as it could to the truth of events, which is a tall order! The first part in Paris and Spain goes out of its way to be fair to Harold Loeb (well played by Jerry di Giacomo), having clearly drawn on his memoir giving the truth about 'The Sun Also Rises'. Kitty Canell is well played by Consuelo de Haviland, and Pat Guthrie by Richard de Burnchurch (exactly as one would have imagined him). Fiona Fullerton does moderately well as Lady Duff Twysden (whose name is mispronounced however), though no actress could be expected in a mere cameo to capture the real Duff sufficiently. Dudley Sutton and James Villiers provide particularly good support as minor characters. The only person in the story whom I knew personally was Ezra Pound, and he is portrayed completely wrong by Geoffrey Carey, which was very bad casting, and anyway he was only on film for less than a minute, so no care was taken over it. Sylvia Beach's Bookshop in Paris is lovingly recreated, which was quite a feat. Tremendous effort went into this eminently successful series, which cannot be recommended highly enough for its quality and accuracy. I was very sad at seeing the scenes in the Mayo Clinic near the end, realizing that I was one of the last people Hemingway ever wrote a letter to (from there), and appreciating only now just how much that brief letter to a schoolboy must have cost him in effort, and just how deeply it represented all that was good, brave, and noble about that deeply troubled man tormented all his life by his demons, but retaining his core of honesty and generosity of spirit.

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