Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

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Director: Henry King

Cast: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner

     
 

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Ernest Hemingway could never come to terms with Hollywood's preoccupation with The Happy Ending: he accepted the money for the screen rights to his short story The Snows of Kilimanjaro, but he could never bring himself to watch it. Gregory Peck plays a character based, in decidedly unflattering fashion, on Hemingway crony F. Scott Fitzgerald. While hunting in

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Ernest Hemingway could never come to terms with Hollywood's preoccupation with The Happy Ending: he accepted the money for the screen rights to his short story The Snows of Kilimanjaro, but he could never bring himself to watch it. Gregory Peck plays a character based, in decidedly unflattering fashion, on Hemingway crony F. Scott Fitzgerald. While hunting in the African mountains in the company of his faithful lady friend Susan Hayward, Peck is seriously wounded; in fact, it doesn't look as though he'll survive the night. In the few hours he has left, Peck reflects upon what he considers a wasted life. Having aspired to be the Great American Novelist, Peck has only turned out money-making drivel. The only time that he truly felt as though he'd made a contribution to the world was when he fought on the Loyalist side in Spain (this element isn't in the short story, but is drawn from Hemingway's own experiences). As for his lost romance with his late wife Ava Gardner, Peck still cannot figure out what went wrong. The Hemingway original ended with the Peck character dying from his wounds; producer Darryl F. Zanuck wouldn't hear of this, preferring that Peck survive with the resolve to write something of lasting value. The Technicolor location photography of Leon Shamroy and the rumbling musical score of Bernard Herrmann are the main attractions of The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A tremendous hit when first released, The Snows of Kilimanjaro has not aged well over the years. Almost any screen adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway tale is faced with a difficulty: Hemingway's strong suit is his style, which is heightened and artificial. It works beautifully on the page, but translated into actual dialogue, it comes across as both flighty and stiff, and quite unnatural. Casey Robinson's screenplay does a decent job of bringing things halfway back to earth, but it ends up in a bit of a no-man's land, not really Hemingway, but not quite the real world either. Visually, however, Kilimanjaro is a feast, with Leon Shamroy's camera capturing the full beauty of its often-stunning locations and also finding emotion -- warmth, joy, and tension -- in the "character" scenes. The art direction is lovely, and the trio of stars is very, very easy on the eyes, especially the delectable Ava Gardner. Gardner and Gregory Peck create the appropriate romantic chemistry, and audiences will be drawn in by their performances, but Susan Hayward is unfortunately wasted in a role that gives her too little to do. Despite the flaws in its screenplay (and in Henry King's direction, which is uneven), there's still enough here to engage most fans of romance movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
UPC:
0741952613398
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Koch Records
Time:
1:57:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Harry Street
Susan Hayward Helen
Ava Gardner Cynthia Green
Hildegarde Neff Countess Liz
Leo G. Carroll Uncle Bill
Torin Thatcher Johnson
Ava Norring Beatrice
Helene Stanley Connie
Marcel Dalio Emile
Vincente Gómez Guitarist
Leonard Carey Dr. Simmons
Paul Thompson Witch Doctor
Emmett E. Smith Molo
Victor Wood Charles
Bert Freed American Soldier
Janine Grandel Annette
John Dodsworth Compton
Charley Bates Harry at Age 17
Lisa Ferraday Vendeuse
Maya Van Horn Princess
Ivan Lebedeff Marquis
Salvador Baguez Actor
Edward Colmans Clerk
George Davis Servant
Martin Garralaga Spanish Officer
George Navarro Stretcher Bearer
Julian Rivero Old Waiter
Richard Arlen Spanish Dancer

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
John De Cuir Production Designer
Paul S. Fox Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Antonio Triana Choreography
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening.... [5:33]
2. Danger in the Water [6:15]
3. My Begining [3:25]
4. Rethink That Drink [10:48]
5. That Paris I Love [7:30]
6. After the Rhino [7:28]
7. Do What the Doctor Says [6:58]
8. Spain, It's Quite a Site [7:14]
9. Rude Awakening [4:00]
10. There Was One Woman.... [13:04]
11. Before I Know It, WAR [6:34]
12. A Sick Uncle [4:07]
13. Paris, It's the Same [6:27]
14. Let's Have a Drink [7:30]
15. A Witchdoctor [14:21]
16. A New Day, and The End [2:29]

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