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Hemingway & Gellhorn

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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.

Summary

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 & 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
Director Philip Kaufman
Writer Jerry Stahl
Writer Barbara Turner
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