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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Released Jul 14, 1943 2h 50m Drama Romance Adventure List
67% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 64% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
In this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's popular novel, idealistic American Robert Jordan (Gary Cooper) travels to Spain to join the guerrilla forces opposing dictator Francisco Franco. Jordan, who is given the dangerous task of blowing up a bridge that lies behind enemy lines, gets sidetracked when he falls for partisan Spanish girl María (Ingrid Bergman) at base camp. As Jordan's love for María grows, he begins to question his assignment, his politics and his place in this foreign war. Read More Read Less
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Jack Karr Toronto Star A few carping critics have said that Mr. Hemingway's novel, while proving to be his finest work, should never have been more than a short story. The screen treatment seems to bear this out. Nov 10, 2022 Full Review Jesús Fernández Santos El Pais (Spain) We never know for whom the bell tolls, or why, or how. Everything is reduced to a love story and to another story about how to blow up a bridge. [Full Review in Spanish] Jul 31, 2019 Full Review James Agee The Nation The rhythm of this film, in fact, is the most defective I have ever seen in a superproduction. Sep 14, 2012 Full Review Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs 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. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 24, 2009 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com 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. Rated: B Feb 5, 2008 Full Review Michael Szymanski International Press Academy Rated: 4/5 Jun 1, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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babarizam I think Gary Cooper was a wrong cast. I watched parts of movie just after reading the book and he doesn't fit the impression of the character I had in mind. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/18/24 Full Review sheila k Might have been good 50 years ago but I should have read the book! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review david l For Whom the Bell Tolls was a huge movie back in 1943. It was the second highest-grossing film of the year and it was nominated for whopping nine Academy Awards. Now, the film's impact is somewhat blunted due to its unsophisticated script that focuses more on the romantic than the historical side of things. Still though, it's a highly cinematic picture that looks and sounds great and it's very tender and moving throughout. The highlight is the acting. Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman are terrific as always, but it is Akim Tamiroff and Katina Paxinou who stole the movie with their powerful turns in the most interesting roles. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Really weak performances and clumsy directorship Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review jizzy b It was a funny show. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/22/21 Full Review Audience Member The location was beautiful with water falls and snow and the mountains and the dated cinematography just doesn't do it justice at all. The movie is super long, way too long. It goes on and on about their diff strategies til u can't pay attention anymore, could've been edited way down esp the first half. The second half is better with more of the character's backgrounds and the romance story and action at the end. It wanted to say so much and at points it does to a degree, but overall the film wound up bogged down by a overly verbose script. Also, Cooper was not very convincing as the male romance lead-way too stoic. Bergman did a great job tho and so did Pilar's actress. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's popular novel, idealistic American Robert Jordan (Gary Cooper) travels to Spain to join the guerrilla forces opposing dictator Francisco Franco. Jordan, who is given the dangerous task of blowing up a bridge that lies behind enemy lines, gets sidetracked when he falls for partisan Spanish girl María (Ingrid Bergman) at base camp. As Jordan's love for María grows, he begins to question his assignment, his politics and his place in this foreign war.
Director
Sam Wood
Producer
Sam Wood
Screenwriter
Dudley Nichols
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Production Co
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Drama, Romance, Adventure
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 14, 1943, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 12, 2014
Runtime
2h 50m
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