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"Hemingway and Gellhorn" chronicles love and war

Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in "Hemingway and Gellhorn."
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Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in "Hemingway and Gellhorn."
HBO

(CBS News) "Hemingway and Gellhorn," starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the title roles, debuted on HBO Monday night.

The TV film tells the story of the tumultuous romance between writer Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.

"Hemingway and Gellhorn" begins in 1936, when the two first meet at a bar in Key West, Fla. From there, they travel to Spain during the Spanish Civil War, then onto Cuba, China and Europe during World War II.

The film follows their tumultuous five-year marriage (which ended in 1945, with Gellhorn asking Hemingway for a divorce) on through Hemingway's suicide in 1951.

Reviews were mixed - some critics praised Owen and Kidman's turns as the famous writers, while others said the actors were miscast and that the story fell flat. The film's dialogue was also subject to criticism.

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