A Farewell to Arms

Synopsis: Frederick Henry, an American serving as a volunteer ambulance driver with the Italian forces in the First World War, is wounded and falls in love with his attending nurse, the British Catherine Barkley. In the midst of war and some intrigue, the pair struggles to stay together and to survive the horrors around them.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Production: Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
152 min

Milan, Florence, Rome,

Naples, Taormina.

You talk like a timetable. Where was

the most beautiful adventure?

- Milan.

- Maybe because it was first.

She played the piano beautifully.

There is nothing like talent.

I remember in Verona once,

a lady artist, a contortionist...

Oh, shut up.

I bore my friend, forgive me.

However, I have something of interest.

Here we have a big improvement

in the war situation.

- We have beautiful English girls.

- Wonderful.

Yes, the British have opened

a new hospital near Orsino.

I am now in love with one

of the nurses, Miss Barkley.

I have even thought

of marrying Miss Barkley...

...but I best confess,

she has one drawback:

Her attitude is uncooperative.

You must be slipping.

No, but she is very strange,

very moody.

Who knows, she might even

prefer you to me.

You will meet her tomorrow.

Have you any money?

- Fifty lire?

- In my wallet.

I must make the impression

of a man of sufficient wealth.

You are my great and good friend,

and financial protector.

- Don't overdo it.

- In case I change my mind...

...I will need this for the Villa Rosa.

Poor girls, they have missed me.

- You and 50 lire.

- And you...

Carmelina told me, "If Frederico

does not come back soon...

...we hang the Villa Rosa

in black bunting."

Oh, shut up about dames.

I can see you had

a successful vacation.

Two new ones.

England is a great country.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

I would like...

Excuse me.

- Miss Barkley? Good morning.

- Good morning, major.

May I present my young American

friend, Lieutenant Frederick Henry.

How do you do?


Isn't it odd for an American

to be in the Italian army?

It's not the army, only the ambulance.

- The ambulance is important service...

- It's very odd, though.

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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht (1894–1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. A journalist in his youth, he went on to write thirty-five books and some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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