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In Love and War (1996)

A bitter love story between a talented writer and a gentle nurse.

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Henry S. Villard (book), James Nagel (book) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mackenzie Astin ... Henry Villard
Chris O'Donnell ... Ernest 'Ernie' Hemingway
Margot Steinberg ... Mabel 'Rosie' Rose
Sandra Bullock ... Agnes von Kurowsky
Alan Bennett ... Porter
Ingrid Lacey ... Elsie 'Mac' MacDonald
Terence Sach Terence Sach ... Porter
Carlo Croccolo Carlo Croccolo ... Town Mayor
Tara Hugo ... Katherine 'Gumshoe' De Long
Gigi Vivan Gigi Vivan ... Italian Child
Giuseppe Bonato Giuseppe Bonato ... Grandfather
Allegra Di Carpegna Allegra Di Carpegna ... Loretta Cavanaugh
Diane Witter ... Adele Brown
Mindy Lee Raskin Mindy Lee Raskin ... Charlotte Anne Miller
Tracy Hostmyer ... Ruth Harper
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Storyline

Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty, he is injured and ends up in the hospital, where he falls in love with his nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky. Written by JG <jmgrant@SoCA.com>

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In war they found each other...In each other they found love...


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Rated PG-13 for graphic war injuries and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahava B'Milhama See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,494,725, 26 January 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,481,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,372,294
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

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Color (Rankcolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes were filmed in or near the Italian village Vittorio Veneto, including the battle scenes. Many of the extras playing the soldiers in the movie were airmen from nearby Aviano Air Base that volunteered to star in the movie. See more »

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At the beginning of this WWI movie an Italian marching band is playing the "Beer Barrel Polka". The song was not written until the late 1920's and is Czech. See more »

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Jimmy McBride: I always play the hand I'm dealt.
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Beer Barrel Polka
Music by Jaromir Vejvoda, Czech lyrics by Vasek Zeman and English Lyrics by Lew Brown, Wladimir A. Timm
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A very absorbing story of the young Ernest Hemmingway in Italy during WW-I, I rate it 8 of 10.
24 September 2000 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

There's something screwy in the Imdb ratings for this movie. Almost 25% of the votes are "10", yet its rating is "5.8"!! No way. This is a genuine 7 or 8 or 9 or 10 film, depending on your personal likes and dislikes. I give it "8".

"In Love and War" is based on the real experience of 18-yr-old Ernest Hemmingway who could not get into the regular Army because of a problem in one eye. However, he made it to Italy as a journalist, and actually was wounded near the front lines. He fell in love with his nurse and they vowed to marry after the war.

Hemmingway is played by Chris O'Donnel, which is my only 'beef' with the casting. Although he does a fine job, we all know that Hemmingway was a more gruff person and it never seemed realistic. Sandra Bullock plays the nurse and I liked her very much in this role.

Anyway, when he gets sent back to the USA, she stays in Italy. She thinks she is in love with an Italian doctor and breaks off her pledge to Hemmingway. He doesn't take it well, he smashes up things, goes into a drinking depression and is never the same. Even after the nurse returns to say she is sorry and still loves him. His pride kept him from forgiveness, and presumably was responsible for his suicide in his early 60s.

Overall a fine film about young men and women and their roles in the war, and its aftermath. The photography is beautiful and the dialog unifirmly well-structured.


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