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IN LOVE AND WAR

SYNOPSIS:
Real-life love story of 18-year-old Ernest Hemingway (Chris O'Donnell) and 26 year old Agnes von Kurowsky (Sandra Bullock), the medical aide who nurtured him to health following a devastating battlefield injury in 1918. Based on Kurowsky’s recently discovered diaries, this relationship inspired Hemingway to write the classic love story, A Farewell to Arms.

Review by Adam Lazar:
Considering the real life characters, Richard Attenborough’s film ends up being rather nice, rather than noisy, possibly the result of too many writing cooks spoiling the brothy script. The passionate love story set against an epic historical background, but we never really get to know the protagonists as complex emotional beings. In love and war, Sandra Bullock’s Agnes is not always wise, but she is invariably noble, with only the occasional secret smile to show what she’d rather be doing. And O’Donnell was a bit scrawny, whereas the real Hemingway was brawny. Like the film should have been.

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IN LOVE AND WAR (M)
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CAST: Sandra Bullock, Chris O’Donnell, Mackenzie Astin, Emilio Bonucci, Ingrid Lacey, Margot Steinberg, Colin Stinton, Ian Kelly, Tara Hugo, Rocco Quarzell, Vincenzo Nicoli

DIRECTOR: Richard Attenbororough

PRODUCER: Dimitri Villard, Richard Attenborough

SCRIPT: Allan Scott, Clancy Sigal, Anna Hamilton Phelan (Based on the book "Hemingway in Love and War" by Henry S. Villard & James Nagel.)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Roger Pratt

EDITOR: Lesley Walker

MUSIC: George Fenton

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Stuart Craig

RUNNING TIME: 114 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 17, 1997







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