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A Farewell to Arms Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Farewell to Arms is the second film version of Ernest Hemingway's World War One novel--and also the last film produced by David O. Selznick (David O. Selznick). Rock Hudson plays an American serving in the Italian Army during the "War to End All Wars". Jennifer Jones is his lover, a Red cross nurse. They have a torrid affair, which results in Jones' pregnancy. As the months pass, Hudson and Jones lose contact with one another, and Jones believes that Hudson has forgotten her. But a battle-weary Hudson finally makes it to Switzerland, where Jones is hospitalized. The baby is stillborn, and Jones dies shortly afterward, murmuring that her death is "a dirty trick." Filmed on a simpler scale in 1932 (with Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes starring), A Farewell to Arms was blown all out of proportion to "epic" stature for the 1957 remake--so much so that its original director, John Huston, quit the film in disgust. Still, the basic love story is touchingly enacted by Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vittorio De Sica Best Supporting Actor 1957 Nominee

Cast

Rock Hudson
as Lt. Frederick Henry
Jennifer Jones
as Nurse Catherine Barkley
Vittorio De Sica
as Maj. Alessandro Rinaldi
Alberto Sordi
as Father Galli
Kurt Kasznar
as Bonello
Oscar Homolka
as Dr. Emerich
Elaine Stritch
as Helen Ferguson
Mercedes McCambridge
as Miss Van Campen
Leopoldo Trieste
as Passini
Franco Interlenghi
as Aymo
Jose Nieto
as Major Stampi
Georges Brehat
as Capt. Bassi
Memmo Carotenuto
as Nino
Guido Martufi
as Boy Scout
Umberto Spadaro
as Barber
Victor Francen
as Col. Valentini
Joan Shawlee
as Nurse
Carlo Pedersoli
as Carabiniere
Patrick Crean
as Medical Lieutenant
Guidarino Guidi
as Civilian Doctor
Diana King
as Hospital Receptionist
Eduard Linkers
as Lt. Zimmerman
Johanna Hofer
as Mrs. Zimmerman
Angelo Galassi
as Firing Squad Commander
Carlo Hintermann
as First Diner
Tiberio Mitri
as Diner
Peter Illing
as Milan Hotel Clerk
Sam Levene
as Swiss Sergeant
Eva Kotthaus
as Delivery Room Nurse
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
Clelia Matania
as Hair Dresser

Crew

Charles Vidor
Director
John Huston
Director
David O. Selznick
Producer
Ben Hecht
Screenwriter
Oswald Morris
Cinematographer
Franco Ferrara
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mario Nascimbene
Composer (Music Score)
Mario Garbuglia
Art Director
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