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June 25, 2017
Very romantic, love story. Sad ending.
September 17, 2016
Pretty sappy, but it must have been something back in the day!
½ March 21, 2016
Best when Hayes and Cooper are alone on screen. These scenes are romantic and daring in pre-Hayes Code Hollywood. And both actors are splendid. There are many memorable scenes but look out for one as the lovers are walking along the street after Cooper's recovery from his injury. She questions him about his past "lovers" and it is done with wit and maturity.
SPOILER ALERT. Unfortunately we know that Catherine's "sin" cannot go unpunished. Could be compared to Romeo and Juliet plot. Everyone seems to conspire against the lovers, especially his Captain and her so-called "friend" Fergie. I wondered why Catherine had such an unsupportive friend. Her character is far too passive to be an admirable heroine.
The whole movie is very well set up from the beginning, when the pregnant nurse is sent away, Fergie's first words to Frederick bad-mouth men and the Captain's dependency on Lt. Henry for companionship/money is shown. For modern audiences, ending is too long delayed, after Frederick deserts and why he isn't allowed to visit his dying "wife" is unfathomable. And Wagner playing as Catherine dies is just too over-the-top!
March 15, 2016
Some of the delivery could be better, but as this is relatively early talkie it's an excellent effort at a war romance as well as adapting a Hemingway story.
November 25, 2015
Unquestionably, this is one of my favorite romance films of all time. The set pieces, gorgeous cinematography, epic scope, and absolutely incredible chemistry between Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes are all just fantastic.

It functions on two levels: an epic romance and a powerful anti-war statement.

There isn't anything else to say, this is an absolute masterpiece.
April 2, 2015
What must have been a great movie in its day, and is still quite good, but has lost a step or two in with what has come since in the last 80 + years.
½ March 19, 2015
Excellent cinematography, though a lot of it is experimental rather than necessary (see: a creative shot from the point of view of a guy moving around on a hospital bed). Good direction & acting.
November 17, 2014
Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and starring Gary Cooper, this has the potential to be a classic. The setting and sentiment are reasonably original, especially for their time, and the movie is reasonably gritty.

Yet, it doesn't feel like a classic. The romance seems trite and contrived. Overly schmaltzy and sometimes just plain dull.

The acting is patchy. Gary Cooper is okay, but Helen Hayes' performance is quite flat. Most entertaining performance comes from Adolphe Menjou as Rinaldi.

It was probably quite good in its time, and might well be regarded as one of the first anti-war movies, but it now feels quite dated.
September 5, 2014
Well done but melodramatic in the extreme
April 24, 2014
Yeah just read the book
½ January 8, 2014
Den har inte klarat av tidens tand helt enkelt
December 30, 2013
I liked all the technical aspects but just thought the movie was kind of dull. It hasn't aged all that well imo. I probably should have just read the book!
Super Reviewer
½ December 19, 2013
A very melodramatic and decently created first Hemingway adaptation of A Farewell to Arms that while not reaching the greatness of the book, is commendable. The film is slow and often filled with a lot of overly emotional events but if you can endure that you are in for a good and tragic love story unfolding and the devastating result.
Super Reviewer
½ August 16, 2013
I find that Gary Cooper outside of High Noon is not someone suited for a lot of films. Here he bumbles through Hemingway who unfortunately was alive to see it.
½ August 15, 2013
The beauty of this film lies not in the tragic romance, but rather a beautiful mise en scene that will take you right into the heart of the golden age of Hollywood. A spirited performance from Helen Hayes and the down to earth gentlemanly nature of Gary Cooper will keep the audience engaged, but it is the ability of the director to capture the golden age that will still keep the audience spellbound, 80 years on. :)
May 7, 2013
such a wonderful movie, one of the original tear jerkers , what is interesting is how the book made a lot of people unhappy. I think it is time for a remake and keep it true to Ernest liking.
May 21, 2012
Sei que à (C) um clássico, mas nem sempre isso significa se tratar de um bom filme. à o caso aqui, pelo menos no meu ponto de vista. Adeus às Armas simplesmente não sobreviveu ao tempo. Narrativa burocrática e pouco inspirada, sem contar o moralismo ultrapassado da história. E antes de me acusarem de não pensar o filme em seu contexto, os anos 1930, se lembrem que mesmo naquela à (C)poca (e antes) foram produzidos filmes muito melhores e mais ousados que esse.
½ April 22, 2012
Very dramatic love story set in Italy during WWI. Love Gary Cooper, and it is nice to see Helen Hayes so young. My favorite is Major Rinaldi and his use of the word Baby.
½ February 14, 2012
hemmingway always said this was his favorite of his books turned n2 movies.
February 4, 2012
Following his second Best Director Oscar, Frank Borzage was contracted to direct this first of many future Hemingway adaptations, and in retrospect, eighty years later, it's still the best. All eyes are on Gary Cooper, in an early romantic role, as Hemingway's American lieutenant in Italy, falling deeply in love with Helen Hayes as a saintly nurse, only naturally to be ripped apart by war and tragedy. For an early sound production, the camera is surprisingly mobile, and the beautiful cinematography deservedly won an Oscar.
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