In Love And War

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Biography, Romance, War

Chris O'Donnell as the young Ernest Hemingway? It's really not as bad as it sounds, but isn't nearly as good as it could have been, either. Hemingway, a Red Cross volunteer in Northern Italy in 1918, gets a knee-full of mortar while delivering canteen supplies to Italian troops. Sent to a Red Cross hospital, 18-year-old "Ernie" encounters the 26-year-old...read more

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Chris O'Donnell as the young Ernest Hemingway? It's really not as bad as it sounds, but isn't nearly as good as it could have been, either. Hemingway, a Red Cross volunteer in Northern Italy in 1918, gets a knee-full of mortar while delivering

canteen supplies to Italian troops. Sent to a Red Cross hospital, 18-year-old "Ernie" encounters the 26-year-old American nurse Agnes von Kurowsky (Sandra Bullock), who not only saves his leg, but wins his heart. Hemingway in love: There's a lot of potential there -- especially since Kurowsky

reportedly served as the model for Catherine Barkley in A Farewell to Arms -- but director Sir Richard Attenborough and his screenwriters seem determined to drain the material of any and all biographical insight. The scenery is stunning -- you can't really go wrong in Italy -- and O'Donnell

and Bullock are more than up to the task at hand: The job calls for little more than good, old-fashioned American spunk, and no one oozes spunk quite like these two. But Attenborough's rendition of Hemingway's brief and ill-fated affair is a slight, rather mundane wartime romance, not at all

unlike the kind of weepies Hollywood churned out ad nauseam during World War II.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Chris O'Donnell as the young Ernest Hemingway? It's really not as bad as it sounds, but isn't nearly as good as it could have been, either. Hemingway, a Red Cross volunteer in Northern Italy in 1918, gets a knee-full of mortar while delivering canteen sup… (more)

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