A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

Frank Borzage (1932)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Time has not been terribly kind to this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's First World War love story about an English nurse and an American ambulance driver. But, in 1932, Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper (accompanied by Wagner on the soundtrack) created tidal waves of tears in movie theatres. Still worth seeing for those classically romantic performances and for the Oscar-winning photography by Charles Lang. There was a 1957 remake with Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones, and Richard Attenborough's 1996 film In Love and War, starring Sandra Bullock and Chris O'Donnell deals with the real-life story behind Hemingway's novel.


An American army lieutenant falls in love with a British nurse while serving in the First World War. A jealous rival strives to keep them apart as the officer is sent to the front line in Italy, but a series of twists of fate continually throw them back together. Romantic drama based on Ernest Hemingway's novel, starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes.

Cast & Crew

Lt Frederic Henry Gary Cooper
Catherine Barkley Helen Hayes
Maj Rinaldi Adolphe Menjou
Helen Ferguson Mary Philips
Miss Van Campen Mary Forbes
Molly Peggy Cunningham
Bonello Henry Armetta
Giulio Agostino Borgato
Director Frank Borzage
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 May 2014