For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) - Rotten Tomatoes

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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)




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Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, this romantic drama is set against the turbulent tapestry of the Spanish Civil War. Gary Cooper plays Robert Jordan, an idealistic American fighting with a Spanish guerilla band. He is assigned to blow up a bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress.

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Gary Cooper
as Robert Jordan
Victor Varconi
as Primitivo
Lilo Yarson
as Joaquin
Leo Bulgakov
as Gen. Golz
Duncan Renaldo
as Lt. Berrendo
Frank Puglia
as Capt. Gamez
Pedro de Cordoba
as Col. Miranda/Don Frederico Gonzales
Michael Visaroff
as Staff Officer
Jack Mylong
as Col. Duval
John Mylong
as Col. Duval
Mayo Newhall
as Don Richardo
Michael Dalmatoff
as Don Benito Garcia
Antonio Vidal Molina
as Don Guillermo
Robert Tafur
as Don Faustino Rivero
Luis Roja
as Drunkard
Trina Varela
as Spanish Singer
Dick Botiller
as Sergeant
Soledad Jiminez
as Don Guillermo's Wife
Yakima Canutt
as Young Cavalry Man
Tito Renaldo
as 1st Sentry
Franco Corsaro
as Elias' Man
Frank Lackteen
as Elias' Man
George Sorel
as Bored Sentry
John Bleifer
as Peasant Who Flails Gonzalez
Harry Cording
as Man Who Flails the Mayor
Pedro Regas
as Soldier
Manuel Paris
as Officer of Civil Guards
Jose Luis Tortosa
as Civil Guard
Ernesto Morelli
as Civil Guard
Manuel López
as Civil Guard
Maxine Ardell
as Girls in Cafe
Marjorie Deanne
as Girls in Cafe
Alice Kirby
as Girls in Cafe
Marcella Phillips
as Girls in Cafe
Lynda Grey
as Girls in Cafe
Christopher King
as Girls in Cafe
Victor Laplace
as Girls in Cafe
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Critic Reviews for For Whom the Bell Tolls

All Critics (14)

We never know for whom the bell tolls, or why, or how. Everything is reduced to a love story and to another story about how to blow up a bridge. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The rhythm of this film, in fact, is the most defective I have ever seen in a superproduction.

September 14, 2012 | Full Review…

Not horrible, but if you really want to know this story, don't bother with the movie at all. Go out and read the book.

March 24, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Though diffuse and overlong, and its politics vague, the film's star performances of Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper are appealing; Hemingway wrote the novel with Coop in mind.

February 5, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Ingrid Bergman in an unusual role as an enabler to stoic Cooper during the Spanish Civil War.

May 11, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Overlong and not wholly convincing

October 2, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for For Whom the Bell Tolls

Papa picked Coop and Bergman particularly to play his leads (no doubt as swept by Hollywood charisma as anyone) in his tale of an American abroad fighting for his beliefs. Its a good story, like Papa a bit in love with itself, and magnificent simply for the fact that Coop theoretically's the only Anglo around (there ain't many like that). The character player cast all shine. I loved this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

During the Spanish Civil War, an American mercenary works with a local group of fighters to blow up a bridge. I've written before that if there's a heaven, it must involve being loved by Natalie Wood. There's no reason not to add Ingrid Bergman to that list. Can you imagine both of them? It's hard enough to get one. Bergman and Gary Cooper maximize the small amount of time the story dedicates to their love affair, and they make what seems convenient believable. In typical Hemingway fashion, the story is about manhood and war but also love. And the group of people Cooper's character encounters are all round, interesting characters with complex backstories and intentions. Nobody is villainized, but it's nonetheless clear whom Hemingway respects. Cooper, whose reserved performance in Pride of the Yankees can't be underestimated, was, I thought, too reserved in this film, especially at the end. I think the film needed an emotional explosion, a last gasp for hope and love in spite of the degradation that surrounded him. Overall, this is a Hemingway story, so you know it's good, and the three hours goes by quickly.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Some solid performances can't compensate for the extreme overlength of this. An hour's editing could have made this a fine film but it just goes on and on, plus Cooper and Ingrid while individually fine have little chemistry.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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