A Farewell To Arms

DVD Release: May 24, 2005
A Farewell To Arms


The powerful, romantic story of forbidden love, based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Hemingway, set in Italy during the first World War.

Dove Review

“A Farewell to Arms” is a classic, well-made film from 1932, and it’s based on Ernest Hemingway’s timeless novel. It stars Gary Cooper as an American soldier named Frederic and Helen Hayes as his love interest, Catherine. In a nutshell, Frederic works for the war effort as an ambulance driver, and Catherine is the English nurse he falls in love with in Italy during World War I.

The story is dramatic. Will both Frederic and Catherine survive the war? Their love is strong, and they both worry something may spoil it, such as death. You will have to watch to see how it ends, but rest assured it is considered a classic for a reason and is still an enjoyable viewing experience. We are thrilled to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus. “A Farewell to Arms” showcases relevant themes, such as love, the cruelty of war, and the need for hope. The images at the conclusion of the movie are powerful, and many viewers will be moved.

Content Description

Sex: A couple kisses in a few scenes; another couple kisses; a woman subtly wants to know if her love interest had an intimate relationship with a past girlfriend.
Language: Shut up-4; "You're a fool"-1
Violence: Several war scenes, including explosions from artillery, planes shooting down people, fires, and bodies shown on ground; very little blood and no graphic scenes; a comment that "he was blown to bits."
Drugs: Drinking and smoking in several scenes; the mention of alcohol and getting drunk; champagne on ice; a man says how nice whiskey is; a man says he needs brandy to help him cope with surgery; a comment about "too much wine."
Nudity: Mild cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: Tension between characters; a man lies and does not give his friend letters from his love interest; a surgeon mentions removing a heart; a jealous rival has a nurse sent away from a man; a woman writes that her hotel room is beautiful when it is really a dump; a man is seen in bandages; a man comments he will have gas pains in the morning; a baby dies at birth; death and grief.


Company: Storybox - Public Domain
Director: Frank Borzage
Producer: Frank Borzage
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 80 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter