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A Farewell to Arms

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Charles Vidor

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About the Movie

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and set against the backdrop of the Italian front during World War I, an American Army volunteer (Rock Hudson) meets a British nurse (Jennifer Jones) on the eve of the big offensive in the Alps and they fall passionately in love. Torn apart by war and the jealous meddling of Henry's "friend", Major Rinaldi (Vittorio De Sica), the star-crossed lovers escape to Switzerland to reunite and await the birth of their child and the tragic conclusion to their once-in-a-lifetime romance.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 0
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 3.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This film, for all its size and color, doesn't do much more by Hemingway's book than was done by the sentimental version of it played by Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper some twenty-five years ago. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jan 23, 2013

Rotten: What Hemingway wrote as an interlude of amorous flutes and distant drums, Producer David 0. Selznick has scored for brass. – TIME Magazine, Jan 23, 2013

Rotten: Sweep and frankness alone don't make a great picture; and Farewell suffers from an overdose of both. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jan 23, 2013

Rotten: Perhaps what is most irritating about the film is that too many times an exciting scene of Hemingway's is shucked out in favor of a distressingly inferior one invented (if I may indulge the Muse a moment) by Ben Hecht, who is responsible for the script. – Philip Roth, The New Republic, Jan 23, 2013

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Customer Reviews

A Flop

I couldn't believe any movie by David Selznick could be as bad as this one's reputation. But it is. Awful. Great cast and beautiful photography are done in by awkward writing and leaden pacing. It's just deadly dull, sorry to say. Elaine Stritch is terrific but she's only in the picture for a few minutes out of its glacial two and a half hours.
Save your time and money. Seek out the 1932 version with Gary Cooper or better yet, read the book!

A Farewell to Arms
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2005

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