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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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Product Details

  • 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: #432,198 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

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.

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

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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
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
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
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
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.


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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stacy Keach, Hemingway June 22, 2009
Stacy Keach as Hemingway, Stacy Keach, a near Hemingway look-a-like portrays Ernest the struggling author in Paris remarkably well. Life in Paris while deeply in love, without money with his career getting a start is arguably the best time in his life causing the appropriate book title of this period, "Movable Feast". Running through the streets with the bulls chasing him in Pamplona, Spain gives reality to "The Sun Also Rises", for which he made Pamplona famous. Flashbacks to the Civil Wars in Italy and Spain do a fine job of accounting for, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "A Farewell to Arms". Taking his second wife on Safari in Africa provides us a glimpse of his views on wildlife, nature and death. Touring Africa no doubt influenced "Green Hills of Africa" and "Snows of Kilimanjaro". Those fans of Hemingway that have visited his beautiful home in Key West, FL are familiar with the cats running around the property, his secluded den with the overworked typewriter across a bridge giving Ernest uninterrupted privacy while writing. The film quite accurately shows each of these aspects of his home. Hemingway's third wife, a war correspondent in her own right spent a long time with Ernest in Cuba where Marlin fishing influenced his great book, "The Old Man and the Sea" considered to have helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Hemingway's fourth wife whom he met in Paris loved him very much as we come to realize Ernest as every bit as macho as he is talented yet not indestructible. His weaknesses with alcohol and women affect his writing in later years. As the most prominent figure in Key West, FL he frequented the bars, which his loving wife tolerated. From Safaris, to Bullfights to Deep Sea Fishing to War Medals for Courage this Macho Man and talented writer when asked, responded: "Whatever success I have had has been through writing what I know about". This film shows us all the truth of this statement.
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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 3 months 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 15 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 STILL #1 AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
Published on April 8, 2009 by A friend of Hunter Benson
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 Champ writer trying to live the good life
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... Read more
Published on December 23, 2004 by Bruce P. Barten
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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