For Whom the Bell Tolls
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Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a romantic drama set against the turbulent tapestry of the Spanish Civil War. Gary Cooper plays Robert Jordan, an idealistic American fighting with a Spanish guerilla band. He is assigned to blow up a crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress. He falls in love with Maria (Ingrid Bergman), a young peasant girl who's joined the fight after being ill-used by enemy troops. Pablo (Akim Tamiroff), the eternally drunken leader of the guerillas, resents Jordan's attentions toward Maria, and he refuses to help… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The rhythm of this film, in fact, is the most defective I have ever seen in a superproduction."
‑ James Agee, The Nation
"Ingrid Bergman in an unusual role as an enabler to stoic Cooper during the Spanish Civil War."
‑ Moira Sullivan,
"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."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Overlong and not wholly convincing"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cooper is great as the knowing and weary Robert."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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