This gripping version of Ernest Hemingway's World War I story stars Rock Hudson as an ambulance driver and Jennifer Jones as the nurse he falls in love with. Initially strangers, the two find they must suddenly grapple with difficult decisions about their life together until fate steps in and their future becomes uncertain.
Featuring a stellar cast that includes Vittorio De Sica (who was nominated for a 1957 Best Supporting Actor Oscar), Mercedes McCambridge and Elaine Stritch, A Farewell To Arms is one of the cinema's more poignant portraits of war.
The last film by producer David O. Selznick (GONE WITH THE WIND), this is the second dramatization of Earnest Hemingway's classic novel about love in the midst of war. The producer's hand is a bit heavy in its treatment of the material, but the enduring, touching heart of the story remains intact. Selznick's wife Jennifer Jones (CARRIE) stars as Catherine Barkely, a Red Cross nurse who falls in love at first sight with an American volunteer ambulance driver for the Italian Army, Lieutenant Frederick Henry (Rock Hudson, MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION). Their torrid affair ends with Catherine's pregnancy and Fredrick's return to the front, where he loses touch with his lover; she thinks he has forgotten her. When Frederick witnesses unjust action by his fellow soldiers, he deserts and goes to be with Catherine, but their love continues to be plagued by tragic circumstance.
World War I