Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man


2h 25m 1962

Film Details

Also Known As
Adventures of a Young Man, Ernest Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 18 Jul 1962
Production Company
Jerry Wald Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Wisconsin, USA; Rome, Italy
Screenplay Information
Based on the "Nick Adams" stories by Ernest Hemingway.

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 25m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Eager to escape his weak-willed physician father and domineering mother, 19-year-old Nick Adams leaves his Michigan home in 1917 and sets out for New York to become a writer. After a few days on the road he is thrown off a freight train by a cruel brakeman and finds himself in the company of a punch-drunk ex-prizefighter, "The Battler," and his black manager, Bugs. He soon decides to wire his father for money to return home, but a philosophical telegraph operator subtly talks him out of it; instead, Nick becomes assistant to the drunken, drug-addicted Billy Campbell, who acts as a publicist for Mr. Turner, a burlesque promoter. Turner replaces Billy with Nick until the show reaches New York, where Nick tries to become a newspaperman. Rejected by a newspaper editor for lack of experience, Nick becomes a busboy at a banquet held to recruit ambulance drivers for the Italian Army in its war against Austria and Germany. Nick signs up, and later saves the life of Major Padula, his commanding officer in Italy; later, his own life is saved when John, an Italian-American orderly, pulls him out of a bombed trench. While convalescing, Nick falls deeply in love with his nurse, Rosanna Griffi, but she is critically wounded when the hospital is bombed; he begs a priest to marry them, and the young woman dies in his arms during the ceremony. Upon discharge, Nick receives a hero's welcome as he returns to the Michigan lake country, but his celebration is ruined by the discovery that his father committed suicide during his absence. He remains with his mother until her possessiveness becomes too much for him, and then leaves home again--this time as a man, not a boy.

Film Details

Also Known As
Adventures of a Young Man, Ernest Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 18 Jul 1962
Production Company
Jerry Wald Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Wisconsin, USA; Rome, Italy
Screenplay Information
Based on the "Nick Adams" stories by Ernest Hemingway.

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 25m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Look, what can you tell in four days?
- Nick Adams
I'll tell ya what I can tell. I can tell ya that three times a day I get hungry and every twenty-four hours I get an irresistible urge to go to sleep in a bed. I don't wanna beg and I don't wanna steal. I don't want a cop tellin' me I'm a vagrant and runnin' me outta town. I'm sorry to desert you, but I'm not cut out for this kind of a life.
- George

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Wisconsin and Rome. Also known as Adventures of a Young Man and Ernest Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man. Hemingway's short stories featuring the character "Nick Adams" were first published in the 1920s and were included in his books In Our Time (1924) and Men Without Women (1927), as well as other publications.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 18, 1962

CinemaScope

Released in United States Summer July 18, 1962