A Farewell To Arms
A Farewell To Arms (1957)

Farewell to Arms is the second film version of Ernest Hemingway's World War One novel--and also the last film produced by David O. Selznick (Gone with the Wind). Rock Hudson plays an American serving in the Italian Army during the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 14, 1957
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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TIME Magazine

What Hemingway wrote as an interlude of amorous flutes and distant drums, Producer David 0. Selznick has scored for brass.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This film, for all its size and color, doesn't do much more by Hemingway's book than was done by the sentimental version of it played by Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper some twenty-five years ago.

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TV Guide

An overblown Hollywood extravaganza that was universally condemned when first released and hasn't improved with age.

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Philip Roth
The New Republic

Perhaps what is most irritating about the film is that too many times an exciting scene of Hemingway's is shucked out in favor of a distressingly inferior one invented (if I may indulge the Muse a moment) by Ben Hecht, who is responsible for the script.

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Time Out

A padded Ben Hecht script and Selznick's invariable tendency to overkill are equally to blame.

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Emanuel Levy

Selznick's last film as producer is a vastly disappointing remake of the superior 1932 version of Hemingway's novel, a sentimental, overblown production with stiff performances from Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones.

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Variety Staff

Sweep and frankness alone don't make a great picture; and Farewell suffers from an overdose of both.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The exaggerated production values overrun everything, including director Charles Vidor, who hardly seems to know which way to turn.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

One of David O. Selznick's many attempts to shape his lady-love Jennifer Jones' largely immutable mug into the face that launched a thousand cinematic ships.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Just okay version of Hemingway story suffers from overlength although it has fine production values. Rock is pretty good in the lead. Jennifer Jones less so as… More
Cameron Johnson
First, David O. Selznick was "Gone with the Wind", and now he's finally getting around to bidding "A Farewell to Arms". Seriously… More