For Whom the Bell Tolls

Synopsis: Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era -- like Ernest Hemingway and his friends -- has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a bridge in a cave. Pilar, who is in charge there, has an ability to foretell the future. And so that night she encourages Maria, a young girl ravaged by enemy soldiers, to join Jordan who has decided to spend the night under the stars.
Director(s): Sam Wood
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations.
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170 min

- In this storm?

What for? No soldiers will move

in these mountains tonight.

Pilar, bring me something hot to eat!

Wine, Ingls?

I thought I was Roberto.

- I call you Ingls before the others.


Don Roberto!

How is Don Roberto?

- Fine, Don Pablo. How's Bacchus?

Who is Bacchus?

You know. Your constant companion.

I don't know such a man.

You say funny things, Ingls.

- Sure, I do. I'm a laugh a minute.

Pay no attention. He's drunk.

- Tell us, Ingls,

why have you come so far

to fight for our Republic?

A man fights for what he believes in,

Fernando. - In his own country.

Maybe you feel I'm sticking my nose

into other people's business,

but I don't feel that way.

It's not only Spain fighting here.

It's Germany and Italy

fighting Russia.

And the Spanish are right in the

middle of it. The Nazis and fascists

are against democracy

and against the communists.

They're using your country

to test their new war machinery.

Their tanks and dive-bombers. So they

can destroy democracies like England,

France and my country before

we get armed and ready to fight.

Were you always a Republican?

And your father?

- Sure. He always voted Republican.

Did they shoot him for it?

No. They don't shoot you

for being a Republican in America.

Roberto was a professor.

He told me this afternoon.

Not a professor, Mara. An instructor.

That's the same thing.

He was a teacher in a college.

The professor has no beard.

He's a false professor.

Shut up!

What did you teach, Ingls?


That's how I got to know Spain.

No beard. He has no beard.

He's a false professor.

Stop it! - Wouldn't it

be easier to teach English?

Why shouldn't he teach Spanish?

Doesnt he speak it?

Yes, but in a way it is undignified

for a foreigner to teach Spanish.

I mean nothing against you, Ingls.

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Dudley Nichols

Dudley Nichols (April 6, 1895 – January 4, 1960) was an American screenwriter and director. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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