In Love and WarJanuary 24, 1997
Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty…
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 5.6/10 (4,446 voted)
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, Mackenzie Astin
Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty, he is injured and ends up in the hospital, where he falls in love with his nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky.
Writers: Henry S. Villard, James Nagel
Ernest 'Ernie' Hemingway
Mabel 'Rosie' Rose
Agnes von Kurowsky
Elsie 'Mac' MacDonald
Katherine 'Gumshoe' De Long
Allegra Di Carpegna
Mindy Lee Raskin
Charlotte Anne Miller
In war they found each other…In each other they found love…
Release Date: 24 January 1997
Filming Locations: Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Opening Weekend: $5,494,725
(26 January 1997)
(9 March 1997)
Did You Know?
This film's memorial dedication states: "This film is dedicated to: HENRY 'HARRY' S. VILLARD … 1900-1996 … IN LOVING MEMORY." [See: Henry S. Villard].
Ernie says his train leaves at 5:30 a.m., but when Agnes sees him off, it is bright daylight and the sun is nearly vertical.
I always play the hand I'm dealt.
This was a fabulous war/ biography movie!
For those of you who have read Hemingway, you will be surprised and
captivated by the boyishness of the pre-war Hemingway that O'Donnell gives
us so beautifully. The episodes in the life of the author that are covered
by In Love and War are for the most part, not pretty. However, they give an
insight into the writing of America's greatest author that no other movie of
his work has ever done. Those who expected a movie version of A Farewell to
Arms did not receive it, because the autobiographical In Love and War does
not tell the same story that the semi-autobiographical book, A Farewell to
Arms did. In Love and War is far closer to the truth, as other Hemingway
scholars will attest. In that way, this movie is a valuable historical and
biographical resource for people interested in Hemingway and his experiences
in WWII Italy.
If you are watching this movie just for fun, however, and not to gain
insight into a book or an author's life, there is much here for you as well.
Bullock and O'Donnell have a wonderful chemistry, and the lighthearted
moments are weighed against a tale of great agony and suffering without
being preachy or too painful. There are serious moments, when the reality
of life and war come home to Ernest, and there are beautiful moments, when
Catherine explores Italy. It's a wonderful mix of the dramatic and the
light, without being overdone or showy. The realism is striking. I hope
that everyone who watches this movie enjoys it as much as I