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Hemingway (1988)

Stacy Keach , Josephine Chaplin , Bernhard Sinkel  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Stacy Keach, Josephine Chaplin, Marisa Berenson, Lisa Banes, Pamela Reed
  • Directors: Bernhard Sinkel
  • Writers: Bernhard Sinkel
  • Producers: Bodo Scriba, Daniel Wilson, Ermanno Mardessich, Gerhard von Halem, James Maniolas
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lance Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009N1ZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hemingway" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Hemingway biography
  • Cast biographies
  • Keach on Hemingway
  • Selected bibliography

Editorial Reviews

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Stacey Keach does a star turn as "Papa" Hemingway in this 1988 made-for-television saga, working his way through nearly five on-screen hours of womanizing, drinking, and big-game hunting--and even manages to squeeze in time to write a few canon-bound books. Although director Bernhard Sinkel's epic look at the writer suffers from a lethargic pace and highly suspect (read: glamorized) portrayals of such luminaries as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound, the film, based in part on Hemingway's letters, does offer abundant biographical glimpses into Hemingway's fabled history. Keach's portrayal, while well short of inspired, suits the medium, and won him a Golden Globe Award to boot. The film was shot on location around the globe, so Hem enthusiasts will at least be treated to a visual survey of the legendary writer's many habitats. Unfortunately, the extra features on this two-disc set are extraordinarily meager; the "Hemingway Biography" and "Keach on Hemingway" segments are merely a few screens of text outlining a scanty overview of these subjects. Nonetheless, as the only biopic available, Hemingway will no doubt be of interest to insatiable Hemingway and Modern Lit aficionados. But for a livelier, more entertaining look into the writer's life, a beaten paperback copy of A Moveable Feast will do. --Karl Wachter

Product Description

Stacy Keach stars in the title role of this sweeping epic about the life and loves of adventurer, sportsman, war correspondent and Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is junk! The technical quality is an outrage February 6, 2005
Format:DVD
I saw this miniseries on European TV about 10 years ago; taped it and -- being a Pappa aficionado -- cherished it. My VHS copy slowly became fuzzy and I hoped to get the same in everlasting DVD quality.

Man, was I wrong.

The broadcasted series was longer. What did they take out? The good stuff. The broadcasted series had a brilliant score, based on the Enigma variations by James Elgar. The DVD has some electronic synthesizer score, usually associated with 3d rate porn from former Yugoslavia. The same goes for the title sequence; originally a piece of art based on watercolor freeze frames with design titles. On the DVD the titles are cheap digital fonts with a jagged edge.

Can it get any worse? Yes, it can. De picture quality of the DVD is more faded than my VHS copy. And something probably went wrong during transfer to digital format -- or it was deliberately done very, very, very cheap. All sweeping or action packed camera movements look like something taped from a narrow band internet connection.

If possible, I would have rated this minus 5 stars.

No matter how much you like Hemingway or the content of this miniseries: don't buy this junk.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Both discs are the same! August 19, 2005
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD and returned it twice! Both discs are the same. Both are parts 1 and 2 of the series. While the labels on the discs are correct, disc 2 is not part 3 and extra features. It is parts 1 and 2 repeated again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway August 11, 2006
Format:DVD
Ever since watching this Hemingway drama on TV in the 1980s I have been desperate to watch it again - it was never repeated on TV. I was delighted to see that I could purchase the DVD through Amazon. I have a multiregion DVD and I had absolutely no problem with the DVD - the quality is excellent.

Thanks for allowing me to enjoy the wonderful drama again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Koch Vision present - "Hemingway" (1988) (300 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Stacy Keach has the lead role of Hemingway and was filmed on-location in Paris, Venice, Pamplona, The Alps, Africa, the U.S. and The Caribbean - places where Hemingway lived, worked, loved and produced some of the most influential and enduring fiction of the 20th Century --- a Golden Globe Award Winner, traces the life and times of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway ... legendary writer, adventurer, sportsman and war correspondent --- he was adored by women and embraced life to the fullest --- but suffered lengthily bouts of depression which led to taking his life.

Under Bernhard Sinkel (Director) Linda Marmelstein (producer), Daniel Wilson (producer), Bernhard Sinkel (Screenwriter), Wolfgang Treu (Cinematographer), John Carter (Editor) ----- the cast includes Stacy Keach (Ernest Hemingway), Josephine Chaplin (Hadley Richardson), Marisa Berenson (Pauline Pfeiffer), Lisa Banes (Martha Gelhorn), Pamela Reed (Mary Walsh), Scott Weinger ( Jack Hemingway) . . . . . outstanding cast with Stacy Keach leading the way and a great supporting cast following his lead ... well scripted as director and screenwriters bring the '40s into perspective ... the flow of each scene is timed and played out well ... there is a sense of energy that Keach captures and the film succeeds with all their winning ways ... this my friendly viewers is not one to be missed.

BIOS:

1. Stacy Keach

Date of birth: 2 June 1941 - Savannah, Georgia

Date of death: Still Living

2. Josephine Chaplin

Date of birth: 28 March 1949 - Santa Monica, California

Date of death: Still Living

3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Champ writer trying to live the good life December 23, 2004
Format:DVD
I previously had no reason to worry about who or how many women Hemingway might be married to. Even Dorothy Parker was married a few times, and she wrote for `The New Yorker' when she was lucky, but she was unlucky enough to get married when husbands were going to war. Dorothy Parker was most unpopular during World War II for complaining that by the time her husband came home, he was sure to be somebody else. Hemingway never made it all seem as funny as Dorothy Parker usually was, but John Dos Passos was pretty funny when he said, "Every time Hemingway writes a new book, he needs a new wife." If that seems strange to you, you definitely need to see this five hour feature on two DVD discs. The four main female roles are all wives, and the young woman who has a major role in the final novel before THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA does not even get to be more than a companion on a sightseeing expedition in Italy (the book flopped).

Paris, Spain, Africa, Key West, Cuba, some mountain in the Alps; this DVD has great scenery and several wars. There are also a lot of newspaper reporters, who sometimes get into arguments. In Madrid during the Spanish Civil War the reporters called each others' stories propaganda, but the secret police who were arresting people on the streets might have been shooting them without having a secret military tribunal first, and the guy from Pravda who talked to Stalin on the phone every night never revealed what Stalin said. Hemingway could usually get into arguments staying at home, or going out in his boat, or wanting to spend a few more hours in a bar before he went home for the night.

If you remember Liza Minelli teaching a little English to Marisa Berenson in the movie `Caberet' (I've been . . . How do they say it in German?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I was finally able to get a copy
Saw this when it first aired on network TV. Glad I was finally able to get a copy!
Published 1 month ago by Xrayist
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best movies
I love this movie.I show it to all my friends.Stacy Keach did a greatt job in this movie.He was Hemingway.
Published 13 months ago by Myra Ricotta
4.0 out of 5 stars A Moveable Feast!
Having videotaped the original broadcast of HEMINGWAY back in the 80s, I've never had the need to watch the DVD version; so I can't comment on the edits, the transfer quality, the... Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by Konrei
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
This production follows Hemingway's life fairly closely. If you're familiar with Hemingway's short stories you'll recognize the source of many fictional scenes in this biopic. Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by Dadicus
5.0 out of 5 stars Stacy Keach, Hemingway
Stacy Keach as Hemingway, Stacy Keach, a near Hemingway look-a-like portrays Ernest the struggling author in Paris remarkably well. Read more
Published on June 22, 2009 by John P Roach Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL #1 AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
A TOTALLY REFRESHING EPIC SAGA OF OUR #1 NOVELIST, BAR NONE. HEMINGWAY SHINES ABOVE SO MANY GREAT AUTHORS. STACEY KEACH IS SUPERB AND THE 5+ HOURS NEVER DULL. Read more
Published on April 8, 2009 by Steven A. Hull
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pulitzer & Nobel Prize Winner ... Ernest Hemingway ... Stacy Keach...
Koch Vision present - "Hemingway" (1988) (300 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Stacy Keach has the lead role of Hemingway and was filmed on-location in Paris, Venice, Pamplona, The... Read more
Published on October 1, 2006 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars Stacy Keach as Hemingway
Stacy Keach, a near Hemingway look-a-like portrays Ernest the struggling author in Paris remarkably well. Read more
Published on November 1, 2004 by John P. Roach Jr.
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