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Hemingway and Gellhorn

6.22 h 34 min201218+
The powerful story of the war-torn romance between literary giant Ernest Hemingway and trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen.
Philip Kaufman
Nicole KidmanClive OwenDavid Strathairn
English [CC]
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Craig MintoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2020
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' Papa & Martha Joy "
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I like to find out as much as possible about the colourful life of
Ernest Hemingway. He was a wonderful writer! The best there has
ever been I think. But he needed a lot of support , love and encouragement
to reach the top in the writing game and his third wife Martha Gellhorn played
a crucial part in keeping him on the straight and narrow and happy in his work
and many travels.
Nicole Kidman as Gellhorn is the highlight of this depiction of the famous
couples life together. Clive Owen as Hemingway is a good piece of casting too.
Kidman has worked at researching the role of Martha Gellhorn this is clear. She
has all the feisty , determined and courageous traits that made Gellhorn one of
the most respected and talented war correspondents of her time. Her writing was
as exceptional as a journalist as Ernest's were as a man on literature. They have the
kind of chemistry in the film do Kidman and Owen that you can really believe Papa and
Gellhorn had in real life. The fighting. The fun. The Drinking. The war coverage in both
the Spanish Civil War and Second World War are gripping and exciting to watch.
A lot I thought was made of Hemingway's womanising and heavy dependence on
alcohol. Which can always be the case when Ernest Hemingway is brought to the screen
Far too much for me. The fact that there has grown to be a myth around Hemingway's life
away from his exceptional writing and fine books sadness me sometimes.
But for anyone who takes Ernest warts and all or is just wanting to lose themselves in a
fine film about a truly fascinating couple you could do worse than choose to watch
Hemingway and Gellhorn.
Thank You
Craig : }
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Mr. A. FyfeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2018
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A good TV movie - the main focus of this movie ...
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A good TV movie - the main focus of this movie is Gellhorn, who was Hemingway's third wife. The film starts with their first meeting and ends when Gellhorn decides she's had enough and leaves him.

However, both managed to fit a lot into these four years. The films shows how Gellhorn learnt how to write about conflict and war from Hemingway, but at the same time shows how she came to add her own unique voice and sensibilities to war correspondence. The first, sizable chunk, of this movie focuses on the Spanish Civil War and then flows to Cuba,China & WW2.

As a biography, you learn a lot about both Gellhorn and Hemingway, but the film takes "her side" so Hemingway is shown at his worst. Also, being TV, real life characters have been removed and you find yourself wondering whether Hemingway made certain decisions, or had the power to influence events as the show portrays, or whether someone else had some input or influence.

Still, Clive Owen is barely recognisable in this and does a great job. Nicole Kidman also makes a good Gellhorn. The film inspired me to look out some of her war correspondence that has been compiled into two or three volumes.

If you are looking for a history of Hemingway, Gellhorn or looking for some history on the Spanish Civil War (this isn't comprehensive, but gives a flavour) then this is a good movie to watch.
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MaxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2017
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Gellhorn War Correspondent
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'If Papa Hemingway had wanted to share his adventures in Spain with a woman and not his wife, he found the companion he was looking for at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West.

This brilliant film is what it is, its not a documentary and will have negative responses by a few, but it can leave you wanting to learn more about the life and times of Ernest Hemingway, and not surprisingly Martha Gellhorn too!
I've been fascinated with Hemingway the man since the early sixties, regretting I never got to meet him in person, but realistically I doubt if I could have found him.
'Hemingway taught Gellhorn to recognise sounds of gunfire and when it was imperative to take cover during battles. He said that Gellhorn was braver than most men. He constantly encouraged Gellhorn to write and write seriously - finally; she got down to writing a piece for 'Colliers' Magazine naming it "Only the Shells Whine".
Hemingway wanted to make her a model of himself. He, in fact, helped Gellhorn to become a great war correspondent - which proved to be an achievement he would live to regret'. K S Lynn
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annieogrReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 July 2021
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Close to fact
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I loved the film but was worried i would not be able to finish it within the 48 hours rental time as there was a problem with the film, not with my TV. However, I just made it in time but would like to know if this often happens before I rent again.
marksmillerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 December 2020
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Hemingway meets his match
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I knew something about Hemingway, his lifestyle and his relationship with Spain, but very little about his relationship with Gellhorn - very enjoyable to watch the two actors immerse themselves in these characters.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 January 2021
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Hemingway and Gellhorn
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This film was excellent.
DudleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 March 2020
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Terrific movie.
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Terrific movie.
Hemingway was an idiot, to let go of GELLHORN.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2016
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Highly recommended
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A very good film and I recommend it to anyone
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