Arms and the Man (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Arms and the Man (1989)





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After climbing into a random window, a Swiss soldier fighting for the Serbian army begs a young and impressionable Bulgarian girl (Helena Bonham Carter) to hide him. In doing so, she's forced to re-examine the values she holds most dear. Subtitled as "An Anti-Romantic Comedy" by the playwright himself, this classic work of George Bernard Shaw uses the conventions of the genre to poke fun at patriotism, war and hero-worship.


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Arms and the Man is a fun little feature. It has a fair amount wit, satire, comedy and is well-played by Patsy Kensit and Helena Bonham Carter (both looking quite nice, by the way). This is a play made for television, and it is light evening entertainment.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

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In "Arms and the Man," Captain Bluntschli(Pip Torrens), realizing that he will never find action in the Swiss army, goes to fight for the Serbian army. And then quite sensibly runs away in the face of the Bulgarian calvary, right into the bedroom of Raina(Helena Bonham Carter), dodging bullets all the way. Despite being engaged to Sergius Seranoff(Patrick Ryecart), a dashing Bulgarian officer, she agrees to hide him in her room, giving Bluntschli a chance to sleep after being awake for 48 hours straight. "Arms and the Man" proves that no matter what deeper political meaning about the nature of war you may be going for, a bedroom farce is a bedroom farce is a bedroom farce. Which unless you have the right cast, which you don't here, it can quickly prove tiresome. And with the exception of Helena Bonham Carter, it is a rather nondescript one at that. Well, there is a young Patsy Kensit...playing a Bulgarian maid. And then there is the pedestrian direction which is quite interested in the reactions of select animals.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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