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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1943 Wide

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Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a romantic drama set against the turbulent tapestry of the Spanish Civil War. Gary Cooper plays Robert Jordan, an idealistic American fighting with a Spanish guerilla band. He is assigned to blow up a crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress. He falls in love with Maria (Ingrid Bergman), a young peasant girl who's joined the fight after being ill-used by enemy troops. Pablo (Akim Tamiroff), the eternally drunken

Nov 17, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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The rhythm of this film, in fact, is the most defective I have ever seen in a superproduction.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Not horrible, but if you really want to know this story, don't bother with the movie at all. Go out and read the book.

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Though diffuse and overlong, and its politics vague, the film's star performances of Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper are appealing; Hemingway wrote the novel with Coop in mind.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Ingrid Bergman in an unusual role as an enabler to stoic Cooper during the Spanish Civil War.

May 11, 2003
FilmFestivals.com

Overlong and not wholly convincing

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Cooper is great as the knowing and weary Robert.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for For Whom the Bell Tolls

Papa picked Coop and Bergman particularly to play his leads (no doubt as swept by Hollywood charisma as anyone) in his tale of an American abroad fighting for his beliefs. Its a good story, like Papa a bit in love with itself, and magnificent simply for the fact that Coop theoretically's the only Anglo around (there ain't many like that). The character player cast all shine. I loved this.
June 9, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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During the Spanish Civil War, an American mercenary works with a local group of fighters to blow up a bridge.
I've written before that if there's a heaven, it must involve being loved by Natalie Wood. There's no reason not to add Ingrid Bergman to that list. Can you imagine both of them? It's hard enough to get one.
Bergman and Gary Cooper maximize the small amount of time the story dedicates to their love affair, and they make what seems convenient believable.
In typical Hemingway fashion, the story is about manhood and war but also love. And the group of people Cooper's character encounters are all round, interesting characters with complex backstories and intentions. Nobody is villainized, but it's nonetheless clear whom Hemingway respects.
Cooper, whose reserved performance in Pride of the Yankees can't be underestimated, was, I thought, too reserved in this film, especially at the end. I think the film needed an emotional explosion, a last gasp for hope and love in spite of the degradation that surrounded him.
Overall, this is a Hemingway story, so you know it's good, and the three hours goes by quickly.
November 15, 2011
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Jim Hunter

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Some solid performances can't compensate for the extreme overlength of this. An hour's editing could have made this a fine film but it just goes on and on, plus Cooper and Ingrid while individually fine have little chemistry.
December 12, 2009
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jay nixon

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My Good Friend from flixster ViVi told me to see this movie, she has become my sweetheart. So many of the movies she has told me about I should have seen years ago, and I have found each one to be exciting. Growing up I never saw many Gary Cooper Films, oh they were on TV just didn't have a interest, that was my lost, these are good films, and his teaming up with Ingrid Bergman is a positive match. For a movie filmed in 1943, these actors were all head of the class during that time. Its an exciting film with a big flair for WWII. They just don't make them like this anymore and there isn't an actor today that can stand up to these actors (Oh you say what about Tom Cruise , PLEASE!). This gets 5 Stars.
July 8, 2009
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Bruce Bruce

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    1. Maria: I do not know how to kiss, or I would kiss you. Where do the noses go?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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