A Farewell to Arms (1932)

A Farewell to Arms


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A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Benjamin Glazer, Oliver H. P. Garrett, Oliver H.P. Garrett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 12, 1998


as Lt. Frederick Henry

as Catherine Barkley

as Maj. Rinaldi

as Helen Ferguson

as The Priest

as Bonello

as Miss Van Campen

as Count Greffi

as British Major

as Inn Keeper

as Cafe Girl

as The Priest
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Critic Reviews for A Farewell to Arms

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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New York Times
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Time Out
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Chicago Reader
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A fascinatingly awkward first world war epic - dated, yet bracingly modern.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014

Borzage effaces his leading man completely - what must Hemingway have thought? - the better to conflate passion and passivity, and you're borne right along.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
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Audience Reviews for A Farewell to Arms


Very long and very melodramatic! Good actors and a realistic story, but it was too melodramatic for my taste.

Aj V

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Creaky antique with mismatched stars is interesting in how much more openly the couples sexual relationship is portrayed than it would have been just a few years later when the production code had gone into effect. Otherwise it isn't anything to go out of your way to watch.

jay nixon

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it's a '30's HOLLYWOOD movie, not the hemingway book, so first get over your lit pretensions. if you can manage that small grace, then this is a quiet and precious film, surprising because it's not cooper that stars, no, but helen hayes who makes every scene she's in resonant, as if she came equipped with her own personal echo chamber. adolphe menjou makes for an smiling and irritating deus ex machina while the coop does his best, the keanu reeves of his day, to simply remain in the work and give life to hemingway's stoic hero.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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