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The Snows of Kilimanjaro [DVD]

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Hildegard Knef, Leo G. Carroll
  • Directors: Henry King, Roy Ward Baker
  • Writers: Casey Robinson, Ernest Hemingway
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Waterfall
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001MIQSU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,154 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on a shirt story written by Ernest Hemingway, As writer Harry Street lays gravely wounded from an African hunting accident he feverishly reflects on what he perceives as his failures at love and writing. Through his delirium he recalls his one true love Cynthia Green who he lost by his obsession for roaming the world in search of stories for his novels. Though she is dead Cynthia continues to haunt Street's thoughts. In spite of one successful novel after another, Street feels he has compromised his talent to ensure the success of his books, making him a failure in his eyes. His neglected wife Helen tends to his wounds, listens to his ranting, endures his talk of lost loves, and tries to restore in him the will to fight his illness until help arrives....

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Harding on 29 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
In the late fifties the books of Ernest Hemingway were fashionable reading.Certainly most of his work were classics.This film has encompassed several of his books/stories into one film,sourcing from For Whom The Bell Tolls,Fiesta(The Sun Also Rises),and of course The Snows of Kilimanjaro.I found the film very enjoyable dispite the fact that some 20 minutes from the end the dvd contained several noises that distracted from the viewing.However,dispite this it is still worth the purchase.Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner were at their peak and their performances here are substantial,the screen writing is good and film colouring fine.It is a pity that the quality of the dvd is the weak link but maybe one day the film will be restored to it's rightful quality
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Southall on 14 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This adaptation of the Hemingway short story was one of the biggest hits of 1952. Superbly filmed in Technicolor, on locations in Africa, Paris and Spain, it follows the fortunes of writer Harry Street and the women in his life. Gregory Peck gives one of his best performances as the writer, and Ava Gardner is very lovely and moving as Cynthia, his one true love. Susan Hayward, as his put-upon wife Helen, dominates the picture's closing sequences with her sensitive, intelligent acting. The kind of picture, with the kind of stars - they didn't come much bigger than Peck, Hayward and Gardner in 1952 - that Hollywood wouldn't begin to know how to make today.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By father2 on 8 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
This film is based on the Ernest Hemingway novel The Snows Of Kilimanjaro. Gregory Peck plays the part of a writer, Harry Street, who is a wounded hunter on safari in West Africa. Street suffers with a fever while his long suffering wife Helen, played by Susan Hayward, tries to comfort him and keep him away from the demon drink. Street remembers the past, amid his fever, including varied adventures and past love. Gregory Peck is suitable as the romantic lead, though the big sets and artificial trees, filmed against a huge painting of Mount Kilimanjaro rob the film of the impact which the film would have possessed had the film actually been shot in Africa. Ava Gardner’s smoldering presence is a shining light in this production and one actor that helps to lift the film throughout. The three stars are for a combination of the film’s quality and for the quality of this DVD, which leaves a lot to be desired. Quite frankly this DVD looks like a direct transfer from a poor print and there are no subtitles or any of the features we have come to expect of DVDs these days. The film itself is a missed opportunity – it could have been a classic, but for some unknown reason it is sadly unconvincing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice on 20 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The film is wonderful though I must say that I struggled to follow the dialogues at times although the tv volume was almost on the maximum, as the voices are a little faded and not too clear.
I wonder though whether this is simply due tothe age in which this film was made and not a fault of the DVD itself.
It is anyhow a DVD worth buying and watching. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Lester on 1 May 2013
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I would not recommend this product to anybody. The quality of the film was pretty bad and you can hardly see the film in parts.I know it was an old film 1952 but the quality is really bad. Also the storyline is really boring. Considering it had three well known actors, very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By margaret shaw on 14 Sept. 2013
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wanted to see film again

I am happy to tick the stars but I don't want to be told how many words to write it will put me off reviewing the products please accept this as a valid comment
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