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
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.
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.
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.
Good oldie, not too much action, except the Rhino but good flash-backs leading up to finale. Handsome Gregory Peck in lead role - dig those expressive eyebrows - don't make "um" like that nowadays!!! Takes me back to when they made films you could understand!