Hemingway & Gellhorn

Radio Times
Review by:
David Crawford

Ernest Hemingway famously laid down a challenge to write a story in six words. This sprawling drama from Philip Kaufman is not so succinct. Charting the tempestuous romance between Hemingway and war reporter Martha Gellhorn, it follows them across the globe in love and war.

Nicole Kidman is radiant as the young Gellhorn — perhaps too radiant for the battlefield — but breathtaking when playing the elder woman. Clive Owen makes a good fist of bringing Hemingway to life, though there’s some vital edge missing. But ultimately the two leads have great chemistry, circling each other like a matador and bull, to the final days of their marriage.

About this programme

Feature-length drama starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman about the romance between author Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. The pair embarked on a passionate relationship that spanned several countries and eventually married, with Gellhorn cited as the inspiration behind Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls. Philip Kaufman directs, with a supporting cast including David Strathairn, Tony Shalhoub and Parker Posey.

Cast and crew


Martha Gellhorn
Nicole Kidman
Ernest Hemingway
Clive Owen
Paco Zarra
Rodrigo Santoro
John Dos Passos
David Strathairn
Mary Welsh Hemingway
Parker Posey
Robert Capa
Santiago Cabrera
Mikhail Koltsov
Tony Shalhoub
Max Eastman
Mark Pellegrino
Pauline Hemingway
Molly Parker
Charles Colebaugh
Jeffrey Jones
Maxwell Perkins
Peter Coyote
Madame Chiang
Joan Chen
Tall blonde woman
Connie Nielsen
Russian general
Robert Duvall
Madrid woman
Brooke Adams


Philip Kaufman
Jerry Stahl
Barbara Turner