Set in Italy during WWII, American Army Col. Richard Cantwell, is a bona fide war hero who faces news of his terminal illness with stoic disregard. Determined to spend his weekend in quiet solitude, he commandeers a military driver to facilitate what is likely a final duck hunting trip and visit to his old haunts in Venice. As Cantwell's plans begin to unravel, a chance encounter with a young countess begins to kindle in him the hope of renewal. Based on the last full-length novel Hemingway published in his lifetime, ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES captures a fleeting moment of immortality where time stands still. The story contains the great Hemingway themes of love, war, youth and age.
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For years,this been a dream project for several high profile actors and directors. John Huston had tried to set it up several times, and Burt Lancaster desperately wanted to play the ageing military martinet. At one stage, Robert Altman almost got it made with Roy Scheider, Julie Christie and Greta Scacchi starring but funding collapsed at the last moment. See more