For Whom the Bell Tolls

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For Whom the Bell Tolls Review


A stultifying bore, this imitation of Bridge on the River Kwai would have been long forgotten but for the fact it contains an Oscar-winning performance, with Katina Paxinou's gritty guide handily earning her award. The film earned a surprising nine nominations total, winning just the one. The film is an adaptation of Hemingway's book set during the Spanish Civil War, here with a wooden Gary Cooper sitting around in a cave while he waits to blow up a bridge. Meanwhile, he falls in love with Ingrid Bergman's communist refugee, before the fateful bell tolls. Alas, it takes nearly three hours for that to happen, with little to entertain us along the way.


For Whom the Bell Tolls

Facts and Figures

Run time: 170 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th April 1944

Budget: $3M

Distributed by: MCA Universal Home Video

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Fresh: 10 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Robert Jordan, as María, as Pablo, as Pilar, Arturo de Córdova as Agustín (violent), as Anselmo (guide)

Also starring: ,


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