For Whom the Bell Tolls (film)

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For Whom the Bell Tolls
For whom movieposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sam Wood
Produced by Sam Wood
Screenplay by Dudley Nichols
Based on For Whom the Bell Tolls 
by Ernest Hemingway
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography Ray Rennahan
Edited by
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • July 14, 1943 (1943-07-14) (USA)
Running time
170 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7.1 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1][2]

For Whom the Bell Tolls is a 1943 American film produced and directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, and Joseph Calleia. Written by Dudley Nichols and based on the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, the film is about an American fighting in the Spanish Civil War on the side of the Republicans who finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

For Whom the Bell Tolls was Ingrid Bergman's first Technicolor film. Hemingway handpicked Cooper and Bergman for their roles. The film became the top box-office hit of 1943, grossing $11 million. It was also nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning one. Victor Young's film soundtrack for the film was the first complete score from an American film to be issued on record.[3]


During the Spanish Civil War, an American (Gary Cooper), who is allied with the republicans, gets involved in a mission to blow up an important bridge.



The film was originally released in a roadshow format, at 170 minutes (not counting intermission). For re-release, it was trimmed to 134 minutes, and it was not seen at its full length until the late 1990s, when it was archivally restored to 168 minutes. This restored version is the one that has been released on DVD. The restoration was photochemical, not digital, and the titles and some of the scenes in the early reels are slightly to significantly out-of-register.

Academy Awards[edit]

Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper in For Whom the Bell Tolls

Other versions[edit]

There was a Lux Radio Theater version broadcast on February 11, 1945, which retained the principal cast from the film: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, and Akim Tamiroff.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All Time Domestic Champs", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
  2. ^ "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
  3. ^ Patrick Robinson. 1980. Movie Facts and Feats: A Guinness Record Book.
  4. ^ "The 16th Academy Awards (1943) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  5. ^ "NY Times: For Whom the Bell Tolls". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 

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