The Italian front, circa 1916. A forbidden affair between American ambulance driver Frederic Henry (Cooper) and English nurse Catherine Barkley (Hayes) draws both into an increasing peril.
Proof positive of Frank Borzage’s genius, this visually arresting adaptation lacks the macho spirit of Ernest Hemingway’s novel and even exposes its melodramatic core. But Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes excel as the lovers fighting fate in Great War Italy.
Lacks the raw gusto of the book but beautifully played by its two leads.