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A Farewell To Arms (1932)

Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes star in the original and best version of the classic story about a doomed love affair between an American soldier and an English nurse during wartime. Nominated for four Academy Awards.
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DVD-R Details

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: January 14, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1932
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Total Count: 14


User Ratings: 5,684
Rating: 3.5/5 -- It's not as good as the book, but it succeeds in its own right, which is really all I ask of adaptations. Full Review
Goatdog's Movies
Nov 1, 2004
Rating: B -- The first Hemingway novel made into a Hollywood film is also one of the better ones due to Gary Cooper's star turn and Borzage's stylized helming, even if a happy ending was imposed against the author's wishes and protests. Full Review
Feb 16, 2008
Rating: 2/5 -- Read the book
Juicy Cerebellum
Dec 16, 2003
Rating: 4/4 -- Cooper and Hays bring Borzage's liking for towering, vulnerable men and tiny, tough women to its visual apotheosis (her head barely reaches his armpit when they walk). Full Review
Slant Magazine
Jul 28, 2006
Great tragic romance about soldier and nurse in World War I is still a landmark film. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Aug 5, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- Borzage effaces his leading man completely - what must Hemingway have thought? - the better to conflate passion and passivity, and you're borne right along. Full Review
Little White Lies
May 29, 2014
Rating: 4/5 -- Lacks the raw gusto of the book but beautifully played by its two leads. Full Review
Empire Magazine
May 26, 2014

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An American ambulance driver in Italy falls in love with an English Red Cross nurse while recovering from wounds suffered during an enemy attack. The two lovers are separated and reunited again and again amidst the horrors of war until the fateful ending - one of the most moving sequences ever committed to film.

Considered by some to be the crowning achievement of the pre-Code, studio era, A Farewell to Arms is directed by the legendary Frank Borzage, already an Oscar winner for his films 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931). It further solidified the star power of Gary Cooper, who had made his breakout performance three years earlier in The Virginian (1929). Co-star Helen Hayes was a New York theatre star and an Oscar winner for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931). Charles Lang's dreamlike cinematography, which gives the film its almost fairy tale quality, won an Academy Award, in addition to a further win for Best Sound Recording and nominations for Best Picture and Best Art Direction. A Farewell to Arms is an unforgettable masterpiece with a timeless message that reverberates throughout the ages.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 1,431
  • UPC: 089218830999
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