A Farewell to Arms

Synopsis: A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together. The film also analyses Lt. Henry's feelings on war and the purpose of fighting.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Frank Borzage
Production: Gravitas
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min


- Driver, stop!

- Why do you want to stop?

The man up there. He is bleeding

to death.

We can't stop. Not here.

The brakes won't hold.

Orderly, Orderly!

and just as guility as a soldier would be.....

...who deserted his post under fire.

Now in making an example of you, I....

I beg your pardon sir. I have some

wounded outside. I am looking for the...

Oh yes, yes, yes. You want the

Italien unit. We are the English unit you see.

- Yes number 20 7.

- They're in the other wing. Moved in today.

Yes out that way, straight ahead.

Thank-you Major.

What's the girl's friend been doing?

Typical male conceit.

I think they're going to send her

back home.

It's a dirty shame. She'll be


Shh, here they come.

Well, is it necessary for us all to be

here at one time? Get back to your post.

You be packed and ready to leave

in one hour.'


Can I help pack.

I guess so....if you want to.

Why of course I want to.

- Good girls.

- I beg your pardon?

I say, she's the only human being in

the whole lot of us.

I'm sorry Miss Barkley appears to

sympathize with one....

....that has disgraced the uniform

that we all wear.

- Davie!

- Renaulte!

Get away. You're fi lthy.

You anglosaxens. You're not to

clean yourself.

Did you bring me some good

kisses, baby? Did you have trouble finding us?


How do you feel? Is there going to

be an offensive?

Were you under fire? Madonna, but

I worried about you!

Yes, I can see how much you've

been worrying.

I had 7 operations today baby and

one of them was beautiful.

I took the heart out.

It lay in my hand, and beat like this.

You should have seen it. It was lovely.

Soon Renaulte will be the best

surgeon in all the court.

Then in all the army.....

and some day, in all of ltaly.

- Why not in all the world?

- Why not?

You will like it here baby.

What sort of a town is this?

Any girls?

Many beautiful English nurses.

The most beautiful is Miss Barkley

I am in love with her.

Does she know it?

Not yet.

Have you any money?

- Yes.

- Lend me 50 lire.

What for?

I want to make on Miss Barkley the

impression of a man of sufficient wealth.

- All right.

- Thank-you.

You are my great and good friend

and financial protector.

And you're an ass.

Now we will eat and drink and I will

take you to meet Miss Barkley.

But, you must make for me a good

impression upon her.

- Now listen......

- But you must.

And you can have a nurse too.

There is another one named Miss

Fergerson. She is very, very nice.

- No.

- No?

First we will eat and drink and then

we'll go and see the girls, yes?


You see, she doesn't know.

Neither do I.

Oh, you've had too much wine.

It's filthy wine....it takes the enamel off your

teeth and leaves it on the roof of your mouth.

- Where was I?

- Architecture.

Oh yes. Look.....

.....I'll explain.

This my dear, is called an arch....

The arch my dear, is perhaps the

oldest of architecturial devices.

Arch. Architecture.

The very word will tell you how

inextricably the two are one.

In a word my dear.....


...is the most ancient of the arts.

You'd better put your shoe on, or

you'll get cold feet.

If you please, I'd like to go now.

The air raid seems to be over.



- Catherine.

- Here I am Fergie. I'm coming.

Oh, I was so worried.

Did you think I'd been blown away?

I didn't know what to think. Nobody

saw where you went.

Who's that man.

Oh, I don't know.

Some lunatic.

Come on.

What if we take the mountains to

the north. Behind them are more


and behind those more yet. And we

take them all only if the Austrians stop fighting.

One side of course will stop.

- It will go on forever.

- Like him.

No, no, no. It is not true.

But you don't want us to attack?

If we must have war, I suppose we

must attack.

But, so many die that way.

But what is death to a Christian.

Don't encourage him Fergie.


- You are back safe.

- Hello Father.

- I am so glad.

- He prays and prays for you Frederico.

Every time you go out the door, he

does the same.

Oh, I pray for you all.

You are late baby. How is it up

there? Quiet?

You nearly missed the party.

But it is very dull.

But Miss Barkley is her and her

friend Miss Fergerson.

The one you will like. Come.

Miss Barkley, permit me to present

to you...

... my friend and war brother Lt. Henry.

He has just returned back from the front.

How do you do?

How do you do?

And this is Miss Fergerson.

-How do you do?

- How do you do?

Now he begins again, that fellow.

Quick let us go into the garden.

Now, you stay here.

I will fi nd something for us to drink.

Grappa? Vermouth?

- Which do you like?

- All of them.

Then you shall have all of them.

-Nice out here.

- Isn't it?

We seem fated to bump into each

other in the dark.

I'm sorry about that. I mistook you

for someone else.

So I gathered.

- I had been drinking.

- So I'd gathered that too.

- Mad?

- No.

- You're an American, aren't you?

- Yes.

Then what are you doing in the

Italien army?

It's not really the army, it's only the


It's very odd. Why did you do it?

I don't know. Why did you?

Oh, I joined up in England.

The fact is the boy I was engaged

to had gone across.

- Where is Miss Fergerson.

- Why don't you go and see?

Yes, do bring her out Captain


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Benjamin Glazer

Benjamin Glazer (May 7, 1887 – March 18, 1956) was a screenwriter, producer, foley artist, and director of American films from the 1920s through the 1950s. He made the first translation of Ferenc Molnár's play Liliom into English in 1921. His translation was used in the original Broadway production, in the 1930 film version, and in every production in English of the play until recently. It also served as the basis for the libretto for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, as well as for Phoebe and Henry Ephron's screenplay for the 1956 film version of the classic musical. Glazer was born in Belfast, Ireland, into a Hungarian Jewish family. After moving to the United States, he studied at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and passed the bar exam to become a lawyer in 1906. Glazer was one of the founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is best known for his Oscar-winning writing for 7th Heaven (1927) and Arise, My Love (1941). Additional screenwriting credits include The Merry Widow, Flesh and the Devil, Mata Hari, A Farewell to Arms, We're Not Dressing, and Tortilla Flat. Glazer also directed one film, the 1948 Song of My Heart, a highly fictionalized biography of Tchaikovsky. Glazer was married to actress Sharon Lynn. He died of circulatory failure in Hollywood, at the age of 68. more…

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