In Love and War (1996 film)

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In Love and War
In love and war poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Attenborough
Produced by Richard Attenborough
Written by Henry S. Villard
James Nagel
Allan Scott
Dimitri Villard
Clancy Sigal
Anna Hamilton Phelan
Starring Sandra Bullock
Chris O'Donnell
Mackenzie Astin
Margot Steinberg
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Edited by Lesley Walker
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • December 18, 1996 (1996-12-18)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Italian
Box office $25,372,294

In Love and War is a 1996 romance drama film based on the book, Hemingway in Love and War by Henry S. Villard and James Nagel, starring Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, Mackenzie Astin, and Margot Steinberg. This film takes place during World War I, and is based on the World War I experiences of the writer Ernest Hemingway. It was directed by Richard Attenborough. The film was entered into the 47th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

This film is largely based on Ernest Hemingway's real experience in World War I as a young soldier in Italy. He was wounded and sent to military hospital where he shared a room with Villard (who authored the book the movie is based on) and they were nursed by Agnes von Kurowsky. Hemingway and von Kurowsky fell strongly in love but somehow the relationship didn't work out.

The film—apparently in a deliberate attempt to capture what the director called Hemingway's "emotional intensity"—takes liberties with the facts. In real life, unlike the movie, the relationship was probably never consummated, and the couple did not meet again after Hemingway left Italy.[2]

Hemingway, deeply affected by his romantic relationship with von Kurowsky, later wrote several stories about this romantic love relationship, including A Farewell to Arms.

Cast[edit]

  • Sandra Bullock as Agnes von Kurowsky
  • Chris O'Donnell as Ernest 'Ernie' Hemingway
  • Mackenzie Astin as Henry Villard
  • Margot Steinberg as Mabel 'Rosie' Rose
  • Alan Bennett as Porter
  • Ingrid Lacey as Elsie 'Mac' MacDonald
  • Terence Sach as Porter
  • Carlo Croccolo as Town Mayor
  • Tara Hugo as Katherine 'Gumshoe' De Long
  • Gigi Vivan as Italian Child
  • Giuseppe Bonato as Grandfather
  • Allegra Di Carpegna as Loretta Cavanaugh
  • Diane Witter as Adele Brown
  • Mindy Lee Raskin as Charlotte Anne Miller
  • Tracy Hostmyer as Ruth Harper
  • Tim McDonell as The Adjutant (Tenente Alberte)

Reception[edit]

The film received extremely negative reviews from critics, as it currently holds an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 27 reviews. Stephen Holden in The New York Times called the film "a generic historical romance and older woman-younger man fable of sexual initiation too muted for either character to come to life".[3]

Box office[edit]

The movie performed well at the box office.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1997 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  2. ^ The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/07/04/specials/hemingway-diliberto.html |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ "In Love and War: A Mythical Hemingway In a Blur of Muted Love". Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Weekend Box-Office Derby Appears Too Close to Call". Los Angeles Times. 1997-01-27. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 

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