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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 07/13/1943 , 168min.
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Plot & Details

Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a romantic drama 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 crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress. He falls in love with Maria (Ingrid Bergman), a young peasant girl who's joined the fight after being ill-used by enemy troops. Pablo (Akim Tamiroff), the eternally drunken leader of the guerillas, resents Jordan's attentions toward Maria, and he refuses to help Jordan in his sabotage work. Pablo's wife Pilar (Oscar-winner Katina Paxinou) takes over command of the guerillas and helps Jordan by arranging horses for the band's departure after their job is done. The man supplying the horses (Joseph Calleia) is killed, and Jordan is left to finish his task minus a means to escape. For Whom the Bell Tolls was a long, faithful adaptation of the Hemingway novel, with excellent performances, torrid love scenes, and first-rate Technicolor photography. Available for many years only in the 130-minute reissue version, it was restored to nearly its full original length of 168 minutes.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Ray Rennahan Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Ingrid Bergman Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Katina Paxinou Won
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Akim Tamiroff Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Sherman Todd Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Bertram Granger Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing John F. Link Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Hans Dreier Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Gary Cooper Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Haldane Douglas Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Nominated
1943 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score - Drama or Comedy Victor Young Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1943 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Katina Paxinou Won
1943 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Akim Tamiroff Won

Film Daily

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1943 Film Daily 10 Best Films Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1943 National Board of Review Best Acting Katina Paxinou Won

New York Times

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1943 New York Times 10 Best Films Won

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