Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Santiago goes out on his usual fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life. Then a shark attacks and tries to steal his catch. ... See full summary »
When a death row prisoner tells him he wouldn't have led a life of crime if only he had had one friend as a child, Father Edward Flanagan decides to do something about. An advocate of child... See full summary »
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's Best Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »
(at around 30 mins) There's a white fishing line extending upward from the marlin as it jumps out of the water, which is impossible because Spencer Tracy is sitting at water level. As explained in the end titles, this footage was obtained when a man named Gassell caught a record-sized Marlin at the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club in Peru. See more »
By the time I read Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea in high school, I'd already read A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises. Good thing, too, because The Old Man and the Sea is Hemingway's tersest statement about what it means for a male to live a worthwhile life: live vigorously, test yourself, fight what threatens to destroy you (within and without), and emerged bloodied, but unbowed. If I hadn't been steeped in the author's themes already, I never would have gotten this message from his last, great, but very thin book. As it was, I still had to rely on Cliffs Notes to alert me to the mythic and Christ allusions.
This book would have been a daunting adaptation for any movie maker, since most of the important stuff going on is unseen and unspoken. It didn't help that the beefy Spencer Tracy was cast as a near-starving Cuban fisherman. His bulk and vigor contradicts Hemingway's desire to show the depth of character and spiritual strength that can lie within physical frailty. Tracy projects a certain amount of wisdom, but the problem is that he comes across as knowing he's wise, doling out gems from an his life vein of experiences. The power of Hemingway's fisherman was that he was un-self-consciously wise. The combined effect these two incongruities drove me the online Cliffs Notes, 16 years after the first time, to remind me of the mythic and Christ allusions again.
If you want to know Hemingway, read his books.
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