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
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Edited by Lesley Walker
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • December 18, 1996 (1996-12-18)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $25,372,294

In Love and War is a 1996 romantic drama film based on the book, Hemingway in Love and War by Henry S. Villard and James Nagel. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, Mackenzie Astin, and Margot Steinberg. Its action takes place during the First World War and is based on the wartime 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 Hemingway's real-life experiences in the First World War as a young ambulance-driver in Italy. He was wounded and sent to a military hospital, where he shared a room with Villard (who later wrote the book the movie is based on) and they were nursed by Agnes von Kurowsky. Hemingway and 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 Kurowsky, later wrote several stories about it, including A Farewell to Arms.



  • 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
  • Emilio Bonucci as Dr. Domenico Caracciolo
  • 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)


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]


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1997 Programme". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  2. ^ The New York Times  Missing or empty |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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