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A Farewell to Arms (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 December 1957 (USA)
An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit.

Directors:

Charles Vidor, John Huston (uncredited)

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Ernest Hemingway (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Lt. Frederick Henry
Jennifer Jones ... Catherine Barkley
Vittorio De Sica ... Major Alessandro Rinaldi
Oskar Homolka ... Dr. Emerich (as Oscar Homolka)
Mercedes McCambridge ... Miss Van Campen
Elaine Stritch ... Helen Ferguson
Kurt Kasznar ... Bonello
Victor Francen ... Colonel Valentini
Franco Interlenghi ... Aymo
Leopoldo Trieste ... Passini
José Nieto ... Major Stampi (as Jose Nieto)
Georges Bréhat Georges Bréhat ... Captain Bassi (as Georges Brehat)
Johanna Hofer Johanna Hofer ... Mrs. Zimmerman
Eduard Linkers Eduard Linkers ... Lieutenant Zimmerman
Eva Kotthaus ... Delivery Room Nurse
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Storyline

Frederick Henry, an American serving as a volunteer ambulance driver with the Italian forces in the First World War, is wounded and falls in love with his attending nurse, the British Catherine Barkley. In the midst of war and some intrigue, the pair struggles to stay together and to survive the horrors around them. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

14 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós a las armas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,353,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ernest Hemingway hated the movie, he bolted after thirty five minutes. See more »

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When Hudson and Jones are in the hotel bedroom he gives her a glass of wine. The amount of wine in her glass varies between shots. See more »

Quotes

Major Alessandro Rinaldi: She's very strange, very moody, who knows she might even prefer you to me.
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Crazy Credits

Producer David O. Selznick tries to imitate the opening credits of his classic film, "Gone With The Wind", by having the letters of the title "A Farewell to Arms" sweep slowly across the screen from right to left. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »

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15 December 2006 | by kieran-wrightSee all my reviews

When I was around 17, I came in from a cold winter's day and became engrossed in a film that was running on the TV. The film? A farewell to arms. I could only have seen the last quarter of the film but the final scene reduced me to tears and it's something I never forgot. Consequently, some 10 years later I managed to track it down on video and was a little disappointed.

What is now obvious to me is that 1) the part I saw had little input from Jennifer Jones; 2) the emotion conveyed by Rock Hudson was deeply touching; 3) the setting was also memorable; 4) it was far too long. When viewing the film in its entirety, it is obviously badly in need of the touch of a good editor, although I was somewhat surprised to recently read that it is actually 2 hours and 32 minutes in length. What is particularly disappointing is that Jennifer Jones was clearly miscast, and yes - we all know why.

However, I have seen this actress in other productions - for example 'Gone to Earth', in which she was simply splendid; but her role in this film was most definitely not the kind of part she excelled in.

This could potentially have been Rock Hudson's finest hour, but as with other epic productions of the time e.g. Cleopatra, the best bits most probably ended up on the cutting room floor; however, that said, I can only think of a handful of films that have imprinted themselves on me like this one.

I would be interested in seeing a re-edited version of this with special features.

7 for at least one standout scene; a superb performance by Rock Hudson and its ability to touch someone.


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