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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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In 1952, Humphrey Bogart attempted to purchase the film rights to Ernest Hemingway's novel through his production company, Santana Productions. Bogart identified strongly with the character of the old man and wanted to play the fisherman in the film project, with Nicholas Ray as the director. Unfortunately, the actor was unsuccessful in securing the film rights, and the film wasn't made until the year following his death, with his close friend Spencer Tracy starring. See more »

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Although the Old Man is supposed to be way out at sea and all alone, at around 33:00 a small boat with a person on it can clearly be seen between the old man's body and his left arm. Apparently the previous wide shot (Old Man in boat) is reused as background for a following close shot of the Old Man. 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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an incredible story
21 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

i loved this film and the book from start to finish. i have never studied the book like all you students out there but every time i come across this story i admit that i cry every time.

not many films or stories out there do it for me but i suggest that you go to the desert or the ocean for a time on your own and the story will become clear.

the emotional impact of the sharks eating the catch at the end creates anger and sadness in my soul and if none of you feel that then you are all dead. altogether a great story and a great film. Spencer Tracy is great. I haven't seen the new version but would be interested in any feedback.


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