This listing is for In Love and War VHS Chris O'Donnell, Mackenzie Astin, Sandra Bullock.
Actors: Chris O'Donnell, Mackenzie Astin, Sandra Bullock, Margot Steinberg, Alan Bennett
Directors: Richard Attenborough
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Standard Full Screen, NTSC
Rated: PG-13 - Parental Guidance Suggested
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
VHS Release Date: December 26, 2001
Run Time: 113 minutes
The movie about young Ernest Hemmingway's WWI experience and the girl he fell in love with while recuperating from injury is a touching tale. While some of the supporting actors are a bit marginal, and the story is likely a bit contrived and embellished, the basic premise is true - as was the significant psychological change that seemed to impact Hemmingway for the remainder of his life. While this doesn't get the greatest ratings elsewhere, it is a good movie, interesting, and at times a bit tear jerking. I think this is quite a nice piece. It is a sad love story based upon the first love of Ernest Hemmingway.
Chris O'Donnell plays the young Hemmingway as a young American adventurer seeking excitement in northern Italy during the end of the first world war as a corpsman. He would rather be a soldier but he is too young and did not make it through the physical so he signs up for the Red Cross. While seeking excitement up on the battle line when he is supposed to be serving coffee behind the lines, he distinguishes himself by heroism as the trench is overrun and is wounded in the process. That brings him to a hospital where he meets the nurse who enraptures him.
Sandra Bullock plays the nurse. She is competent, caring and considers herself too old for the young Hemmingway. Still, she is attracted to him and fights a losing battle against his "charm". Meanwhile, just about everyone else wants her attentions as well. She finds herself being torn in differing directions by her heart on the one hand and her intellect on the other.
What makes this film difficult is that Sandra's character of the nurse is a very likeable person. O'Donnell's Hemmingway manages to be likeable as well except when his arrogance and vanity get in the way; I'm talking about Hemmingway's, not O'Donnell's. You get through this film thinking that she is just too good for him and that he doesn't deserve her. You also get a bit angry at her treatment of him at some points.
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