There is a civil war going on and Jordan who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era — like Ernest Hemingway and his friends — has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains.
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Nothing is shown and (almost-) nothing is said. Nevertheless you can find in this movie some of the most sensuous scenes ever written and filmed. Now if you also consider that most of the Spanish characters are played by Russian born actors, I really don't understand why this film is not on your library's shelves. Masterpiece.
A decent watch but gets to be a bit much after a while. For Whom the Bell Tolls may have distracted moviegoers in the 40s with the non-set locales and color photography. Some of the cinematography is nice but despite a gorgeous Ingrid Bergman the movie just doesn't hold up so well. Loved the final shot though...
7.4/10, “Sam Wood’s Hemingway adaptation is an above-average blockbuster of the yore, doesn’t age well but at the very least, has an affecting story to hold it together in its tawny core.”
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Pretty sure Osama Bin Laden spent less time in a cave than the viewer does while watching this ballast of a film. You wouldn't think something as interesting as the Spanish Civil War could be made so boring but here we are
one of the worst adoption of a great book...poor hemingway...if he knew was going to make such a catasrophe , he would never write that magnificent book..ok,catasrophe may be not,kind of hyperbole..it just cuz of bergmn'n cooper worth to watch it..just 4 1 time!...
A Very Poor Adaptation, but hey thats what you get for trying to adapt this beast of a book. Gary Cooper blew as Robert Jordan. We don't even get into the psych of the main character as we do in the novel. Oh well.