Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)

Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)





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The "official" title of this film is Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man; its screenplay is adapted from semi-autobiographical "Nick Adams" stories written by Ernest Hemingway. Played by Richard Beymer (West Side Story), Nick Adams is a young Michigan boy who sets out in the early 1900s to learn about life and to pursue a journalistic career. No sooner is he on his way than he gets his first taste of "real life" by being thrown off a train by a railroad agent. He attempts to secure newspaper work, but is laughed out of the office due to his inexperience. He gains valuable insight on the human condition while serving in the Italian army during World War One, where (in Farewell to Arms fashion) a star-crossed romance develops between Nick and a Red Cross nurse (Susan Strasberg). Nick returns to America determined to pursue his destiny by writing of his now-vast experiences. Long and somewhat poky, Adventures of a Young Man is enlivened by the cameo appearance of Paul Newman as a pathetic, punch drunk boxer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Twentieth Century Fox

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Richard Beymer
as Nick Adams
Paul Newman
as The Battler
Diane Baker
as Carolyn
Corinne Calvet
as Contessa
Fred Clark
as Mr. Turner
Dan Dailey
as Billy Campbell
James Dunn
as Telegrapher
Arthur Kennedy
as Dr. Adams
Ricardo Montalban
as Major Padula
Jessica Tandy
as Mrs. Adams
Edward Binns
as Brakeman
Whit Bissell
as Ludstrum
Tullio Carminatti
as Rosanna's father
Philip Bourneuf
as Montecito
Tullio Carminati
as Sig Griffi
Marc Cavell
as Eddy Bolton
Simon Oakland
as Joe Bolton
Pat Hogan
as Billy Tabeshaw
Sherry Staiger
as Burlesque Queen
Sharon Tate
as Burlesque Queen
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Critic Reviews for Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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Based on Hemingway's short stories, Martin Ritt's chronicle is long, rambling, disappointing film in which Richard Beymer is miscast as the young novelist.

Full Review… | June 26, 2011

Overlong, sappy and rambling.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man


Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962) -- [7.0] -- Richard Beymer (West Side Story) stars as Hemingway's alter-ego, a young man coming of age in the early 1900s. With beautiful scenery of rural Michigan and Franz Waxman's wistful score, the film is unabashedly romantic and nostalgic -- it transports you to a time and place you're reluctant to leave. But as Beymer sets off to sew his wild oats, the narrative suffers the fate of nearly all episodic storylines. Some of the stories are better than others. Paul Newman has the film's standout supporting performance as a retired prizefighter who's taken one too many blows to the head. Ricardo Montalban and Eli Wallach are also memorable as World War I comrades. My favorite scene is one where Montalban and Wallach get Beymer drunk in his hospital bed. The impressive cast also includes Arthur Kennedy and Jessica Tandy.

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