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The Old Man and the Sea (1958)

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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.)
Harry Bellaver ...
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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Adventure | Drama

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11 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El viejo y el mar  »

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Ernest Hemingway 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 »

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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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A good watch
2 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting movie for someone who is more into "Hearing" than "watching" a movie. Its a good adaptation of the book, made almost LIKE a book which makes it both interesting as well as a little boring for viewers with taste for changing scenes. It's about this Old Cuban fisherman who wakes up on an ordinary day after several UNLUCKY days & heads to his beloved sea to find a bite. He gets lucky hooking a big catch that he kept on holding to for 3 days non stop & then how he struggles with his age, sleep & hunger to bring it back home. The story's simple, but for someone with taste for exclusive art, this is a must watch!


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