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An old Cuban fisherman's dry spell is broken when he hooks a gigantic fish that drags him out to sea. Based on Ernest Hemingway's story.

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The Old Man / Narrator
Felipe Pazos ...
The Boy (as Felipe Pazos Jr.)
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Martin
Don Diamond ...
Cafe Proprietor
Don Blackman ...
Hand Wrestler
Joey Ray ...
Gambler
Mary Hemingway ...
Tourist
Richard Alameda ...
Gambler
Tony Rosa ...
Gambler
Carlos Rivero ...
Gambler
Robert Alderette ...
Gambler
Mauritz Hugo ...
Gambler
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Now an old man, a lifelong fisherman sets out to sea to ply his trade as he has done all of his life. He's not had much good fortune of late and has gone almost three months without a major catch while others are catching one or even two large marlins every week. Many of the locals make fun of him and some say he's too old now to be fishing but he still loves what he does and is encouraged by a young boy who loves him and has faith in him. On this day he hooks the fish of a lifetime, a marlin that is larger than his skiff. As it slowly pulls him out to sea, the old man reminisces about his past, his successes and the high points of his life. When he does finally manage to land the fish he has to fight off sharks who are feeding on it as he tries to return to his Cuban village. Written by garykmcd

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SPENCER TRACY in his most suspenseful role...ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S story of Heroism...Defeat...Victory!

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11 October 1958 (USA)  »

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El viejo y el mar  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Director John Sturges replaced Fred Zinnemann. See more »

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At 39:32, the boat is seen in front of a curved horizon which should be straight, revealing the shot was taken in a big basin. See more »

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Cancion del Pescador
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Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Nestor Amaral
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Remarkable work from Tracy, but hardly grand entertainment...
5 February 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

John Sturges directed this reportedly-troubled production, a handsome adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's story about an old salt who wants one last chance to catch a prized fish before he dies. This scenario puts extraordinary demands on lead actor Spencer Tracy, who is forced to hold the screen nearly alone for ninety minutes. Although he manages to ingratiate himself early on to the viewer, one still doesn't know how to take this character--is he likably stubborn or stubbornly foolish? Either way, Hemingway's tale doesn't quite make its mark as rousing cinematic material, however the finish is very satisfying. It gets a helping hand from Dimitri Tiomkin and his score, which won an Oscar. Remade as a TV-movie in 1990 starring Anthony Quinn. ** from ****


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