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.
Set against the backdrop of the Italian front during World War I, an American Army volunteer (Rock Hudson) meets a British nurse (Jennifer Jones) on the eve of the big offensive in the Alps and they fall passionately in love. Torn apart, then reunited, they escape to Switzerland to await the birth of their child - and the tragic conclusion to their once-in-a-lifetime romance. "Moving and realistic" (The Hollywood Reporter), this sweeping epic remains a powerful and emotional experience.
Source: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
World War I