For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Sam Wood (1943)

124min
U Certificate
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Review

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Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman turn Ernest Hemingway's classic tale of the Spanish Civil War into a star vehicle made for two, while director Sam Wood scrubs this tale clean of political taint (there's no mention of Franco, for example). Cooper plays an American member of a loyalist partisan group who falls for Bergman while on a mission to blow up a bridge. Though lacking in context, the film's focus on Cooper's love for the much-abused Bergman works well enough because of the quality of the two actors. However, it was Katina Paxinou's performance as a strong-willed guerrilla fighter that won the Oscar, perhaps for the sense of reality she brought to the otherwise sanitised proceedings.

Summary

An American schoolteacher volunteers to fight with a brigade of Republican soldiers during the Spanish Civil War, and is given the task of bombing a strategic bridge behind enemy lines. Oscar-winning drama based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, starring Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman and Katina Paxinou.

Cast & Crew

Robert Jordan Gary Cooper
Maria Ingrid Bergman
Pilar Katina Paxinou
Pablo Akim Tamiroff
Anselmo Vladimir Sokoloff
Agustin Arturo de Cordova
Rafael Mikhail Rasumny
Fernando Fortunio Bonanova
Director Sam Wood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama