Hemingway & Gellhorn

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Hemingway & Gellhorn
Hemingway & Gellhorn poster.jpg
Official poster
Directed by Philip Kaufman
Produced by Peter Kaufman
Trish Hoffman
James Gandolfini
Alexandra Ryan
Barbara Turner
Written by Jerry Stahl
Barbara Turner
Starring Nicole Kidman
Clive Owen
Music by Javier Navarrete
Cinematography Rogier Stoffers
Edited by Walter Murch
Release dates
  • May 25, 2012 (2012-05-25) (Cannes)
  • May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28) (United States)
Running time 154 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14 million

Hemingway & Gellhorn is an HBO film about the lives of journalist Martha Gellhorn and her husband, writer Ernest Hemingway. It was directed by Philip Kaufman, and first aired on HBO on May 28, 2012.[1]


Telling the story of one of America’s most famous literary couples, the movie begins in 1936 when the pair meet for the first time in a Key West bar. They ran into each other again in Spain where they were both covering the Spanish Civil War. They were staying in the same hotel on the same floor, and she resisted his advances. However, during a bombing raid, they found themselves trapped in the same room, and lust overcame them. They became lovers and stayed in Spain until 1939. In 1940 Hemingway divorced his second wife so that they could marry. Over time she became prominent in her own right. In 1945 she asked Hemingway for a divorce. He credits her with inspiring him to write the novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls.[2]



Pat Jackson, the film's sound effects editor, said that the biggest challenge in doing sound for the film was "making the archival footage and the live-action footage shot locally appear seamless."[3]


The film received mixed reviews with much praise going for Nicole Kidman's portrayal of Martha Gellhorn.[4][5] Mark Rozeman of Paste commented "In terms of the acting, there’s little room for complaint. At 45, Kidman remains a fetching and powerful screen presence. Here, she captures Gellhorn’s idealistic, gung-ho leftism without making herself sound overly self-righteous" but was less positive about Clive Owen's role as Ernest Hemingway stating "While Owen easily embodies Hemingway’s extraordinary charisma (and certainly his legendary temper), his performance is often undermined by the British actor’s inability to hold his American accent."[6] Jeremy Heilman of MovieMartyr.com agreed with Roseman's opinions stating "Kidman is strong here as Martha Gellhorn, using her exceptional figure and old-fashioned movie star glamour to full effect" and that Owen's performance was "inconsistent, goofy one moment and strongly seductive the next."[7] Todd McCarthy of TheHollywoodReporter.com said of Kidman "Kidman is terrific in certain scenes and merely very good in others; there are a few too many moments of her traipsing around Spain, blond hair flying glamorously, not knowing quite what she’s doing there. But for the most part, she rivets one’s attention, lifting the entire enterprise by her presence.[8]


Award Category Recipient(s) Result
17th Satellite Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Clive Owen Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nicole Kidman Nominated
19th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Clive Owen Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nicole Kidman Nominated
28th TCA Awards Outstanding Movie, Miniseries, or Special Nominated
64th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries or Movie James Gandolfini, Alexandra E. Ryan, Barbara Turner, Peter Kaufman, Nancy Sanders, Trish Hofmann, and Mark Armstrong Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Clive Owen Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Nicole Kidman Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie David Strathairn Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special Philip Kaufman Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Jim Erickson, Nanci Noblett, and Geoffrey Kirkland Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Rogier Stoffers Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Ruth Myers Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Frances Mathias and Yvette Rivas Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) Kyra Panchenko, Gretchen Davis, and Paul Pattison Nominated
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score) Javier Navarrete Won
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Walter Murch Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Kim Foscato, Andy Malcolm, Casey Langfelder, Pete Horner, Joanie Diener, Goro Koyama, Steve Boeddeker, Pat Jackson, Douglas Murray, Andrea S. Gard, and Daniel Laurie Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Douglas Murray, Pete Horner, Lora Hirschberg, and Nelson Stoll Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Miniseries or Movie Nathan Abbot, Kip Larsen, Chris Morley, and Chris Paizis Nominated
70th Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Clive Owen Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nicole Kidman Nominated
Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Television Film Philip Kaufman Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Long Form – Original Jerry Stahl and Barbara Turner Nominated


  1. ^ "HBO/Cinemax 2011/2012 Programming Overview". The Futon Critic. July 28, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "A Spanish romance". The Olive Press. December 1, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Buzz, Gator. "A Sound Education". SF State Magazine. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ Wolcott, James (May 2012). "No Time for Tulips: On Hemingway & Gellhorn". Vanity Fair. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ Tucker, Ken (May 28, 2012). "'Hemingway and Gellhorn' review: The fun also rises?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rozeman, Mark (April 3, 2013). "Hemingway & Gellhorn". Paste. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Heilman, Jeremy (June 11, 2012). "Hemingway & Gellhorn (Philip Kaufman, 2012)". MovieMartyr.com. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/hemingway-gellhorn-tv-review-hbo-cannes-329332

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