Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man

Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man is a 1962 American adventure film directed by Martin Ritt based on Ernest Hemingway's semi-autobiographical character Nick Adams, and featuring Richard Beymer as Adams. A.E. Hotchner wrote the screenplay, originally calling the film Ernest Hemingway's "Young Man". The cast includes Diane Baker, Jessica Tandy, Ricardo Montalbán, Eli Wallach, Arthur Kennedy and Paul Newman. It was released in July 1962.[2]

Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMartin Ritt
Screenplay byA. E. Hotchner
Based onThe Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway
Produced byJerry Wald
StarringRichard Beymer
CinematographyLee Garmes
Edited byHugh S. Fowler
Music byFranz Waxman
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
July 25, 1962 (1962-07-25)
Running time
145 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$4.1 million[1]


Nick Adams is a young, restless man who wants a good life and to see the world. Though he is told it is not worth the attempt, he decides to go away from his midwestern home. Along the way, he encounters numerous people, and later joins the Italian army to fight the Germans in World War I, where he falls in love.



Jerry Wald and A. E. Hotchner approached Hemingway seeking the rights to either Across the River and Into the Trees or the Nick Adams stories. Hemingway did not want to sell rights to his novel and was only keen on selling one Nick Adams story. Hotchner pitched to buy the rights for 10 of the 19 stories. Hemingway agreed provided certain conditions were met, including ensuring that "Nick was a good boy."[3]

Jerry Wald said he and director Martin Ritt agreed that Richard Beymer was "the young actor I think stands the best chance of being the next Gary Cooper."[4]

Filming started 25 September 1961 in Mellen, Wisconsin and wound up in 22 January in Verona, Italy.[3] Interiors were supposed to be shot at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, but that facility was taken up by the production of Cleopatra (1963), forcing Hemingway's to finish its studio work back in the United States.[5]

Jerry Wald died just before the film was released.[6]


  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p253
  2. ^ Oliver, Charles (1999). Ernest Hemingway A to Z: The Essential Reference to the Life and Work. New York: Checkmark Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8160-3467-3. p. 150
  3. ^ a b Scheuer, P. K. (Feb 13, 1962). "Hotchner Reveals Hemingway 'Insides'". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 168065693.
  4. ^ Louella Parsons (Aug 2, 1961). "Ernest Hemingway's 'Young Man' Film to Honor Gary Cooper". The Washington Post, Times Herald. ProQuest 141450056.
  5. ^ Steinhart, Daniel. (2019). Runaway Hollywood: Internationalizing Postwar Production and Location Shooting. University of California Press. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-52-029864-4.
  6. ^ "Jerry Wald Is Dead; Movie Producer, 49". New York Times. Jul 14, 1962. ProQuest 116133967.

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