One of the most faithful of Ernest Hemingway adaptations, The Sun Also Rises, follows the rootless wanderings of American expatriates in Europe following WWI. Tyrone Power searches for cheap sensation to salve his impotence, the result of a war wound. He’s joined in this pursuit by a beautiful aristocrat (Ava Gardner) who had ministered to him during the war, his best friend (Eddie Albert), a Greek tycoon (Gregory Ratoff), an alcoholic writer (Mel Ferrer), and a devil-may-care Scot (Errol Flynn, in his penultimate role).
The group ventures to Pamplona for the running of the bulls, and against that colorful backdrop, the emotional tension rises as each of the men pursues Gardner and she opts to attach herself to a handsome young matador (Robert Evans). Beautifully rendered locations and slyly charming support from Flynn make this particularly enjoyable. Power has more trouble portraying restless youth; this was his next-to-last film and he died the following year. Gardner evidently liked the setting. After divorcing Frank Sinatra in 1957, she returned to Madrid and took up with famous matadors herself.
Before filming got underway Ava Gardner slipped a copy of the film script of The Sun Also Rises to Hemingway, who was so distraught that he threatened to sue the studio. Eventually the screenplay was re-written by Hemingway and Peter Viertel.
Cast: Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn. Eddie Albert, Mel Ferrer, Robert Evans, Juliette Greco, Gregory Ratoff, Marcel Dalio, Henry Daniell
Director: Henry King
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Director of Photography: Leo Tover
Editor: William Mace
Composer: Hugo Friedhofer
Screenwriters: Ernest Hemingway, Peter Viertel
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 129 minutes / 1957