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Of all the memorable characters created by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, none was more complicated, more fascinating, or more charismatic than Hemingway himself.... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Stacy Keach ...  Ernest Hemingway 4 episodes, 1988
Josephine Chaplin ...  Hadley Richardson 4 episodes, 1988
Marisa Berenson ...  Pauline Pfeiffer 4 episodes, 1988
Lisa Banes ...  Martha Gelhorn 4 episodes, 1988
Pamela Reed ...  Mary Welsh 4 episodes, 1988
Scott Weinger ...  Patrick Hemingway 4 episodes, 1988
Pascal Aubier Pascal Aubier 4 episodes, 1988
Stann Babb Stann Babb ...  Ambulance Tech (1988) 4 episodes, 1988
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ...  Trainer 4 episodes, 1988
Alba Raquel Barros Alba Raquel Barros 4 episodes, 1988
Jaime Bello Jaime Bello 4 episodes, 1988
Jay Benedict 4 episodes, 1988
Jean-Yves Berteloot ...  Jean the waiter 4 episodes, 1988
Jorge Bosso Jorge Bosso ...  Proprietor Hotel La Perla 4 episodes, 1988
Jean-Claude Bouillon Jean-Claude Bouillon 4 episodes, 1988
Uwe Brandner Uwe Brandner 4 episodes, 1988
Judith Burnett Judith Burnett ...  Alice Toklas 4 episodes, 1988
Elia Enid Cadilla Elia Enid Cadilla 4 episodes, 1988
José María Caffarel 4 episodes, 1988
Raúl Carbonell Raúl Carbonell 4 episodes, 1988
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ...  Ezra Pound 4 episodes, 1988
Robert Case Robert Case 4 episodes, 1988
Laura Cepeda 4 episodes, 1988
Richard De Burnchurch Richard De Burnchurch ...  Pat Guthrie 4 episodes, 1988
Consuelo De Haviland Consuelo De Haviland ...  Kitty Canell 4 episodes, 1988
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse 4 episodes, 1988
Jerry Di Giacomo Jerry Di Giacomo ...  Harold Loeb 4 episodes, 1988
Jesse Doran Jesse Doran ...  John Dos Passos 4 episodes, 1988
Bill Dunn 4 episodes, 1988
Brian Edwards Brian Edwards 4 episodes, 1988
Tim Eisenhart Tim Eisenhart ...  Dr. Saviers 4 episodes, 1988
Eric Elterman Eric Elterman 4 episodes, 1988
Nader Farman Nader Farman ...  Leon Fleischman 4 episodes, 1988
Logan Field Logan Field 4 episodes, 1988
Alain Flick Alain Flick ...  Lavigne 4 episodes, 1988
Raymond Forchion ...  Willard 4 episodes, 1988
Rafael Fuentes Rafael Fuentes 4 episodes, 1988
Fiona Fullerton ...  Lady Duff Twysden 4 episodes, 1988
Steve Gadler Steve Gadler 4 episodes, 1988
Robert Ground Robert Ground 4 episodes, 1988
Fernando Guillén ...  Ordóñez 4 episodes, 1988
Carmen Gutiérrez Carmen Gutiérrez ...  Housekeeper 4 episodes, 1988
Hans Peter Hallwachs Hans Peter Hallwachs 4 episodes, 1988
Jens Hessel Jens Hessel 4 episodes, 1988
Michael Hofland Michael Hofland 4 episodes, 1988
Margaret Kelly Margaret Kelly 4 episodes, 1988
Jeffrey Kime Jeffrey Kime 4 episodes, 1988
Bill Lawrence Bill Lawrence ...  Life Reporter / ... 4 episodes, 1988
Armando Lodigiani Armando Lodigiani ...  Gregorio Fuentes 4 episodes, 1988
Jack Luceno ...  Evan Shipman 4 episodes, 1988
Daniele Magli Daniele Magli 4 episodes, 1988
Philippe Mareuil Philippe Mareuil ...  M. Fouchard 4 episodes, 1988
Phillip Marquis Phillip Marquis 4 episodes, 1988
Mike Marshall Mike Marshall 4 episodes, 1988
Renzo Martini Renzo Martini 4 episodes, 1988
Rory McGuinness Rory McGuinness 4 episodes, 1988
Roy McKechinie Roy McKechinie 4 episodes, 1988
Michel Modo 4 episodes, 1988
Benjamín Morales Benjamín Morales 4 episodes, 1988
Michael Morris Michael Morris 4 episodes, 1988
Muritthi Muritthi 4 episodes, 1988
Bernard Musson Bernard Musson 4 episodes, 1988
Carla Orlandi ...  Lola (1988) 4 episodes, 1988
Virgen 'Coco' Orta Virgen 'Coco' Orta 4 episodes, 1988
David Pearson David Pearson 4 episodes, 1988
Emil Perauer Emil Perauer 4 episodes, 1988
Jean François Pistori Jean François Pistori 4 episodes, 1988
Priscilla Pointer ...  Grace Hemingway 4 episodes, 1988
Rebecca Potok ...  Gertrude Stein 4 episodes, 1988
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ...  Max Perkins 4 episodes, 1988
Oscar Rowland 4 episodes, 1988
Carlos Ruiz Carlos Ruiz 4 episodes, 1988
Aldo Sambrell ...  Old Italian Soldier 4 episodes, 1988
Dudley Sutton 4 episodes, 1988
Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas 4 episodes, 1988
Ana Torrent 4 episodes, 1988
Uhuru Uhuru 4 episodes, 1988
Pierre Vernier 4 episodes, 1988
James Villiers ...  Perceval 4 episodes, 1988
Ka Vundla Ka Vundla 4 episodes, 1988
Jesse Joe Walsh Jesse Joe Walsh 4 episodes, 1988
James Ward James Ward 4 episodes, 1988
Gérard Watkins Gérard Watkins 4 episodes, 1988
Stuart Whitman ...  Dr. Hemingway 4 episodes, 1988
Zoey Wilson Zoey Wilson ...  Sylvia Beach 4 episodes, 1988
Rosel Zech ...  Lilli Marleen 4 episodes, 1988


Of all the memorable characters created by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, none was more complicated, more fascinating, or more charismatic than Hemingway himself. Adored by women and the quintessential "man's man," he was husband, father, lover, war correspondent, brawler, adventurer, and a sportsman. Set against the turbulent history of the times, Hemingway reveals his tender and stormy relationships with his four wives, Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, Martha Gellhorn, and Mary Welsh, each of whom had significant impact on his work. Written by stewiec85

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Manly, Much Dignity, Smells of Soap.
16 June 2012 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

Stacey Keach does a fine job as Ernest Hemingway, much better than Clive Owen in the recent "Hemingway and Gelhorn." Owen looked and sounded like Groucho Marx. Keach, on the other hand, is a believable character. He's a soft spoken braggart but not a feminist stereotype. He doesn't want to keep women down. He just wants to bed them until he's a little bored with them, then he wants to go out and play with the boys and girls outside. The only time he actively resents his wives -- and there were four of them -- is when they try to clean him up. His last wife, Mary, screeches at one point about his drinking, his crummy friends, and the filth. It reminded me of my marriage.

I mention the wives and girl friends because they seem to constitute the core of the writer's and the director's attention. They come at you seriatim. In addition to the courtesans there is even one terribly young Italian girl in whom he takes a paternal interest, but he never gets his hands on her -- as far as we can tell.

Hemingway was an incredible fellow. There were three main parts to his life: (1) the writing, (2) the romances, and (3) the adventures. This series seems to assume the romances were at the heart of it all. Granted, not everyone gets to have four wives, but it's by no means certain he'd have had so many women anxious to marry him if the other two parts of his life didn't glow and explode like the lights on the Las Vegan strip.

The movie paints every wife as sincere, loving, caring, accommodating, while Carlos Baker's biography suggests some were pretty full of guile, particularly the second wife, Pauline, who carefully insinuated herself into Hemingway's activities by first becoming a friend of wife number one, Hadley. But enough of the soap opera.

The adventures and perigrinations of Hemingway are nicely suggested with locations apparently shot in London, Paris, the American West, somewhere in Florida, and Africa. I'm guessing, but the settings were convincing enough for me. And there is a sufficiency of hunting and fishing, so we get to know something about that part of his life style.

What the series is a little weak on is Hemingway's vanity. The character we get to see is confident and dignified -- but Hemingway was more than that. He was introduced to John Steinbeck in a New York bar. Steinbeck showed him an ancient, brittle blackthorn walking stick. Hemingway scoffed at it and broke it over his own head, according to witnesses. Steinbeck was disgusted. That's something a ten-year-old child would do. There's nothing of that in the character as written. What we see is the Hemingway who was charming, even to homosexuals like Tennessee Williams. We see a Hemingway who decks a guy with one blow of his bare fist. We don't get to see the Hemingway who got his ass kicked in a boxing ring while F. Scott Fitzgerald sat frozen at the bell. We don't get to see F. Scott Fitzgerald, for that matter. We do get to see Ezra Pound for about one second.

These guys are important too, because, after all, they are writers who were in one way or another influential in Hemingway's career. But the writing, of which Hemingway was made, hardly shows up. We hear that he dedicated a book "with love" to Mary -- but we don't learn the title of the BOOK. A mention is made in passing of Hemingway's plan to write a story of a very old Cuban fisherman and a big marlin. That's it -- period. We hear two novels mentioned in the dialog: "The Sun Also Rises" and "For Whom The Bell Tolls." Oh, and one short story, "Up In Michigan." We have hardly an inkling of why they were popular and nothing is said of his flops. The Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes are covered in an offhand remark.

I don't mean to carry on about this neglect of Hemingway's career, and much less do I want to object to any minor license taken with historical fact. But, when you come right down to it, nobody would ever have heard of Ernest Hemingway if, instead of becoming a writer, he was a bank teller or even a doctor in Oak Park, Illinois.

It's not all serious soap opera though. There are one or two amusing scenes -- not as many as Hemingway's sense of humor would have justified -- but I had to laugh when, drunk outside a Paris café, he struggles out of his jacket and, like a matador, challenges a taxi to charge him. And, again, when Stacy Keach is shot from behind while climbing a wall, I'd always thought of Hemingway as beefy but never as being quite so broad of beam but I could believe it.

All in all, it's a worthwhile shot at capturing some part of the life of one of our more popular and talented writers. There is no one like him today.

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