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Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)

A drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and World War II correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer.

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Philip Kaufman
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Martha Gellhorn
Clive Owen ... Ernest Hemingway
David Strathairn ... John Dos Passos
Rodrigo Santoro ... Paco Zarra
Molly Parker ... Pauline Hemingway
Parker Posey ... Mary Welsh Hemingway
Tony Shalhoub ... Mikhail Koltsov
Santiago Cabrera ... Robert Capa
Lars Ulrich ... Joris Ivens
Peter Coyote ... Maxwell Perkins
Joan Chen ... Madame Chiang Kai Shek
Saverio Guerra ... Sidney Franklin
Mark Pellegrino ... Max Eastman
Remy Auberjonois ... John Ferno
Anthony Brandon Wong ... Chou En-lai
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Storyline

It was a romance born out of war...and later torn apart by it. This powerful drama recounts one of the great love stories of the 20th century: the relationship between literary giant Ernest Hemingway and trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Written by Jwelch5742

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We were good in war. And when there was no war, we made our own.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hemingway & Gellhorn See more »

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Budget:

$19,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot entirely in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, doubling for many worldwide locations. See more »

Goofs

The dialog/ captioning makes reference to a roar of a "jet" engine and a jet is seen rapidly flying past in the bombing of Madrid. No jets were around then. They were developed after the Spanish Civil War. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Hemingway: [Voiceover of a letter he wrote] Beloved, I learned from you not to have the vanity to think that planes were looking for me and all bullets had my name on them. I am tired, and I wish I were with you.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.70 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Negra Sombra
(Traditional Song)
Performed by Coral De Ruada
Courtesy of Ouvirmos Music
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Really not very good
2 June 2012 | by tpaladinoSee all my reviews

I wanted to enjoy this film very much, and was looking forward to seeing it.

Unfortunately it doesn't deliver in any way other than visually. It was shot and edited beautifully, and had a lot of potential. But that's where it ends.

The story is boring and meandering, and never really gives you anything to sink your teeth into. The character development is shockingly superficial, as though we're automatically supposed to care about Hemingway and Gellhorn simply because they're Hemmingway and Gellhorn. Sadly, it just doesn't work like that; the notoriety of he subject matter isn't enough to carry the story without competent writing to back it up.

Ultimately we're left with a disappointingly empty portrayal of one of the most colorful and dynamic individuals in history.


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