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Hemingway & Gellhorn [Blu-ray] (2013)

Nicole Kidman , Clive Owen , Philip Kaufman  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, David Straithairn, Rodrigo Santoro, Molly Parker
  • Directors: Philip Kaufman
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KKZIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hemingway & Gellhorn [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Starring two of today’s most acclaimed actors, and directed by Oscar nominee Philip Kaufman (in his first film for television), Hemingway & Gellhorn tells the story of the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage between Martha Gellhorn (Kidman) and Ernest Hemingway (Owen), following the adventurous writers through all the great conflicts of their time – from the Spanish Civil War and beyond. Considered by many to be the greatest of all war correspondents – man or woman – Gellhorn’s drive and success catapulted her beyond the confines of her marriage into a revered and respected career independent of Hemingway’s. Epic in scale, with masterfully woven archival footage, Hemingway & Gellhorn offers a unique glimpse at a powerful relationship born and torn by war.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This HBO film is more about the career and life of Martha Gellhorn who became Ernest Hemingway's third wife. Don't get me wrong, Clive Owen's Hemingway gets equal screen time with beautiful Nicole Kidman's Gellhorn but as she puts it at the end of the movie, she won't be a footnote in someone else's life.

With a close up of Kidman as a now 70-something subject of an interview, the opening scene gives the viewer an idea of the quality that would persist throughout the next 2 ˝ hours. I'm reminded of Kidman's ability to become unrecognizable in "The Hours" from 2002. Here as well, as she not only uses a masterful makeup job but the deeper voice and cadence of an older more experienced woman. Marty Gellhorn was a reporter for "Collier's" magazine, a weekly that competed with "Life" and "Look" in days past. After meeting Hemingway in a sweaty bar in Key West, she becomes interested in a civil war in Spain which would eventually lead up to WW II.

While Hemingway goes there as well, he goes in luxury as the famed writer that he was. Gellhorn, hitches rides where she can, including inside an army tank. Directed by Phillip Kaufman ("The Right Stuff"), the film mixes in scenes in beautiful living color along with regular changes that drift throughout the artist pallet. This includes grainy black and white to match real news footage of the late 1930's. That trick was a little off-putting at first but becomes very effective as the film progresses.

While I'm a big fan of Clive Owen, I wasn't taken with him as Hemingway. While it seems clear, Hemingway was loud and boisterous and loved women, booze and a good time, Owen just seemed over the top at times. Kidman was perfect. From the aging newswoman to the long-legged blond in tight pants, she gets your attention. The movie is longer than it needs to be, but is none-the-less and effective portrayal of Ernest Hemingway and the lesser known Martha Gellhorn.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
There were pretty lofty expectations going into HBO's prestige piece "Hemingway & Gellhorn." With the tempestuous relationship between the writers and the scope of history that they survived, this seemed like a can't miss proposition. Oscar nominated director Philip Kaufman assembled a top tier cast including Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen and set his film on an immense international canvas. And yet, rarely has a production so divided mainstream critics as well as viewers. If you look at the critical consensus, the ratings start at absolute raves (Entertainment Weekly) to excoriating pans (New York Times) and everywhere in between. While HBO films is used to being a leader in TV films, this is indeed a project that has divided its audience with both fervent supporters and equally vocal opponents. Truthfully, I can understand both viewpoints. The film is overlong, comes to a strangely rushed ending, underutilizes a strong supporting cast, and is visually devised in an almost surreal sepia-toned Forrest Gump-like blend of actors into actual historical footage. It's big, bold, and messy in a very in-your-face way, just like the central pair. And I found it both strangely off-putting and strangely appealing!

Hemingway, of course, is always a larger-than-life figure. The film is told in a series of flashbacks as an elderly Gellhorn (Kidman) recounts her life with the great man. Their primary story begins in Key West in 1936 and wraps up with Hemingway's suicide in 1961. In between, though, is the meat of the relationship as the couple fall in love in war torn Spain, vacation in politically volatile China, separate for different assignments, and eventually attempt to cohabitate in domestic bliss.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'For red blooded men and women of substance" June 10, 2012
This is a man's film! This is a woman's film.
There are two sides to every story and the truth lies in the middle!
This is a delicious trip for every man who has adored a woman he couldn't control. This is a vivid recollection for every woman who has given her heart to a self-centered,bastard who stole her heart.
The dialogue is great,the simpatico between the two leads will have you grinning as you recall that great "love of your life"!Long after the film has ended and the spanish guitar resonates in your soul, you will remember that special someone who lit up your life and your sheets and, for some, feel once again the nostalgia and choking remorse for never having been able to make it click!
I can't say enough good things about this film. In my book, it's a keeper. ps. I'm on the list. ENJOY!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Adventure Film, Unique Film Technique May 31, 2012
Folks are being too hard on this film. First Kidman is sexy and magnificent as Gellhorn, especially when appearing as the aging writer with some wonderful reflective acting. Clive is very good, using his muscular stature and larger than life "braggadocio" style to project an especially beastial and boistorous Hemingway character, but I think also with a sensitive and human perspective.

The opening bloody scene with the Marlin is extremely evocative in summarizing Hemingway's philosophical view that brutality is, in a sense, at the center of life and that "all things must die".It clearly underlines the "existential" perspective that pervades Hemingway's writing, and his own violent and self-abusive struggle with life. However, what I found most remarkable is the semi-documentary style of the movie, with the grainy original footage, sometimes including digitized insets of Kidman and Clive. The gorgeous sets, the great supporting actors, the good, if not great, acting by the key characters, and a fabulous story of adventure and humanitarian horror, all project an engaging and eventful film well worth watching. I think it is a far better film than the academy award winning "Reds" by Warren Beatty (1981), similar in general plot and character. Overall, a very thought provoking and powerful experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway & Gellhorn
I loved this movie! I first saw the movie at the theatre and wanted a copy for my home library.
Published 3 days ago by Joyce Faulkner
4.0 out of 5 stars Educating and provocative but not for the kiddies without parental...
As others say, I knew nothing about Gellhorn until I watched this film. Long, it was nevertheless intriguing to watch, for more than Kidman's or Owen's naked parts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Don MacAlpine
2.0 out of 5 stars One-Note Romance
The production values on this TV movie are impeccable; expensively mounted sets, well-crafted costumes, and a clever use of technology that integrates the modern-day actors into... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole in one of her best roles.
Some of Nicole's movies I feel have missed out, somewhere. Leaving me wondering what was that movie about. But this
one, was a great movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Fitzgibbon
3.0 out of 5 stars okay at best
There's a real big problem w this film. Clive Owen. Not only do I not believe he's Hemingway. I don't believe he's anyone. I don't think he ever got a handle on the character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Monstuart
3.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway and Gellhorn
Nicole 's acting, as usual, superb:, her character extraordinarily nuanced, passionate, brave, and girlish- until she's had enough and grows up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Green PhD. Pain Psychologist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent casting and well directed.
Great casting and directing make this very entertaining. Certainly stays with the true story of their life together and does not make Papa into a saint. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Garland
4.0 out of 5 stars An All-Consuming Need for Action
Here is the cinematic version of the exciting and stormy life and times of famous journalistic maven Martha Gellhorn and her lover and husband, Ernest Hemingway, as they traveled... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ian Gordon Malcomson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this movie!!
Wow!! Great movie and after all I have read on both Hemingway & Gellhorn it is right on the history of their relationship. Read more
Published 5 months ago by I am just saying...
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Movie
If you are a Hemingway lover, you will love this movie! I really enjoyed learning about his third wife and a little more about his character. This is truly a must-see movie!
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth M. Garrett
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