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
SPENCER TRACY in his most suspenseful role...ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S story of Heroism...Defeat...Victory!
Did You Know?
himself was initially involved in the production, although the extent of his participation after selling his book was to go marlin-fishing off the coast of Peru to try to find a fish worthy enough for the picture. In the end, the producers used a rubber marlin and stock footage of marlin fishing in which Hemingway didn't participate in. After seeing the film, Ernest Hemingway
expressed his disappointment and said that Spencer Tracy
looked less the Cuban peasant fisherman and more the rich old actor that he was. Tracy won an Oscar nomination for the role. See more
When the Old Man harpoons the fish, there is a closeup shot of the harpoon entering the fish's body. You can see a bloodied hole in the skin of the fish before the harpoon enters it, as it appears to be a reversed shot. See more
Cancion del Pescador
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Nestor Amaral See more