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Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)

A drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and World War II correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer.

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Philip Kaufman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Martha Gellhorn
Clive Owen ... Ernest Hemingway
David Strathairn ... John Dos Passos
Rodrigo Santoro ... Paco Zarra
Molly Parker ... Pauline Hemingway
Parker Posey ... Mary Welsh Hemingway
Tony Shalhoub ... Mikhail Koltsov
Santiago Cabrera ... Robert Capa
Lars Ulrich ... Joris Ivens
Peter Coyote ... Maxwell Perkins
Joan Chen ... Madame Chiang Kai Shek
Saverio Guerra ... Sidney Franklin
Mark Pellegrino ... Max Eastman
Remy Auberjonois ... John Ferno
Anthony Brandon Wong ... Chou En-lai
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It was a romance born out of war...and later torn apart by it. This powerful drama recounts one of the great love stories of the 20th century: the relationship between literary giant Ernest Hemingway and trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Written by Jwelch5742

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We were good in war. And when there was no war, we made our own.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hemingvej i Gelhorn See more »

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$19,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Robin Wright was originally cast to play Martha Gellhorn. See more »

Goofs

Robert Capa uses a Leica camera with a Summar 5cm lens. This type of lens needs to be extended out from the camera to enable it to focus an image onto the camera's film. However, in the movie, the Leica's lens is shown in its collapsed, unusable position, even when Capa is taking pictures with it. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Hemingway: Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.
Ernest Hemingway: As a writer grows in public stature, he sheds his loneliness, and often his work deteriorates, for he does his work alone.
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Featured in The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (2012) See more »

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One Thing You Must Know
Composed by Javier Navarrete
Performed by F.A.M.E.'S. Project (as The Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Ivan Illic
© 2012 Home Box Office, Inc.
(p) 2012 Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.
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At Least They Got the History Right
30 May 2012 | by yakster1See all my reviews

I'm always leery of historical epics and biopics that never get the history right. Composite characters are created, the time line is messed with, people say things that are attributed to others etc. After viewing Hemmingway and Gellhorn and then doing a little background research, Kaufman and Co. at least got the story right especially the events of the Spanish Civil War. These scenes look exactly like the Robert Capa photos taken when he accompanied Hemmingway and Gellhorn. Nicole Kidman is great as usual, Clive Owen is a bit over the top but then again he is playing someone who was in many ways, larger than life. I felt both Robet Duvall and Peter (don't blink or you'll miss him) Coyote talents were wasted in minor roles. The blending of sepia with black and white was a good way to invoke the photos and news footage of the day and by inserting the characters into this historic footage (a la Forrest Gump) really showed that the characters were part of something much larger. At 2 1/2 hours I wasn't bored but it could've benefited from a better script and tightening the story somewhat.


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