A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms (1932)

A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 8, 1932
DVD Release Date: June 12, 1998
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steve Rose

A fascinatingly awkward first world war epic - dated, yet bracingly modern.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Cooper was never more handsome, and the chemistry between him and Hayes glows from the screen.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Mark Asch
Little White Lies

Borzage effaces his leading man completely - what must Hemingway have thought? - the better to conflate passion and passivity, and you're borne right along.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Great tragic romance about soldier and nurse in World War I is still a landmark film.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

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).

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Lacks the raw gusto of the book but beautifully played by its two leads.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Noted by many as the best film version of a Hemingway novel.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's not as good as the book, but it succeeds in its own right, which is really all I ask of adaptations.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Very long and very melodramatic! Good actors and a realistic story, but it was too melodramatic for my taste.
danny d
a solid portrayal of one of my favorite novels of all time. much of the most impactful war narrative from the source material was removed, but thats… More
jay nixon
Creaky antique with mismatched stars is interesting in how much more openly the couples sexual relationship is portrayed than it would have been just a few… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"A Farewell to Arms" starts out in Itay in World War I. Catherine(Helen Hayes) is a nurse from England.… More
Kevin M. Williams
it's a '30's HOLLYWOOD movie, not the hemingway book, so first get over your lit pretensions. if you can manage that small grace, then this is a… More
John Ballantine
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.