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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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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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Storyline

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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Budget:

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

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Brooklyn (Eric Michael Roy) arrives in Spain in 1937, he has a sticker on his guitar that reads, "This Guitar Kills Fascists." The sticker is a reference to one Woody Guthrie put on his guitar, which read "This Machine Kills Fascists," and which countless other folksingers have copied since. Guthrie, however, did not put the sticker on his own guitar until 1941. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Hemingway: Well, in this joint, they don't drink to get drunk, they drink to stay drunk.
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Connections

Featured in The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Real Honeymoon
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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Really not very good
2 June 2012 | by tpaladinoSee all my reviews

I wanted to enjoy this film very much, and was looking forward to seeing it.

Unfortunately it doesn't deliver in any way other than visually. It was shot and edited beautifully, and had a lot of potential. But that's where it ends.

The story is boring and meandering, and never really gives you anything to sink your teeth into. The character development is shockingly superficial, as though we're automatically supposed to care about Hemingway and Gellhorn simply because they're Hemmingway and Gellhorn. Sadly, it just doesn't work like that; the notoriety of he subject matter isn't enough to carry the story without competent writing to back it up.

Ultimately we're left with a disappointingly empty portrayal of one of the most colorful and dynamic individuals in history.


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