One of the more successful attempts to bring Hemingway material to the screen, this story of a writer who has lost his intellectual and emotional bearings after enjoying early commercial success works splendidly under King's sure directorial hand, and is enacted with power and conviction
by Peck. Scriptwriter Robinson expanded the origina Hemingway story to incorporate several elements from the writer's own life and, despite some carping from Hemingway purists, the film was an immense box-office success.
As the story begins, Peck is shown half delirious with fever, lying on a cot in an African campsite, his leg infected with gangrene. A rich and popular author, ...