For Whom the Bell Tolls

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For Whom the Bell Tolls
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 46 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 17, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1943
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Film Highlights
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Cast & Filmmakers' Biographies
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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1943 - Best Supporting Actress: Katina Paxinou

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 14


User Ratings: 3,989
We never know for whom the bell tolls, or why, or how. Everything is reduced to a love story and to another story about how to blow up a bridge. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Jul 31, 2019
The rhythm of this film, in fact, is the most defective I have ever seen in a superproduction. Full Review
The Nation
Sep 14, 2012
...Nominated for Oscars in virtually every category....Cooper is every bit the romantic hero...
Total Film
Mar 1, 2000
Rating: 2.5/4 -- 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. Full Review
Three Movie Buffs
Mar 24, 2009
Rating: 4/5 -- Ingrid Bergman in an unusual role as an enabler to stoic Cooper during the Spanish Civil War.
May 11, 2003
Rating: 4/5 -- Cooper is great as the knowing and weary Robert. Full Review
Goatdog's Movies
Feb 28, 2002
Rating: 3/5 -- Overlong and not wholly convincing
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Oct 2, 2002

Product Description:

Ernest Hemingway's 1939 novel, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, stands among the great pieces of American literature. Sam Wood's direction of the script by Dudley Nichols stars Gary Cooper as Hemingway's pain-ridden, love-torn hero, Robert Jordan, a Montana schoolteacher who risks his life to fight Franco's forces during the Spanish Civil War.

Jordan joins a group of Spanish guerrilla fighters whose mission is to blow up a bridge behind enemy lines. Ingrid Bergman plays Maria, a beautiful Spanish refugee who has been rendered mute by the trauma of a rape. Over the course of four days, Maria and Jordan fall head over heels in love, a plotline that subsumes the fighting and the war itself. Still, it is Katina Paxinou as Pilar, the hen mother of the guerrilla troop, who steals the show in her Oscar-winning performance.

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS is not to be missed by any Hemingway fan.


Production Notes:

  • Francisco Franco himself attempted to prevent Paramount from releasing FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. While the film itself is painstakingly apolitical, Franco was concerned that the film would raise interest in the book, which stood decidedly opposed to the Fascist regime.
  • Paramount spent three years publicizing FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, making it one of the most eagerly awaited flicks in history. Thirty thousand fans wrote in to the studio to offer their own opinion on casting choices.
  • Akim Tamiroff and Katina Paxinou won the first annual Golden Globe Awards (in 1944) for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.
  • The film cost $3,000,000 to produce and $150,000 for the rights to Hemingway's book.

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  • Sales Rank: 962
  • UPC: 025192042324
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