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
Ernest Hemingway can be seen sitting in the cafe in the final scene. He his wearing a tan baseball cap is talking to other fishermen. This was his movie debut. See more »
When the boy visits the old man the morning after returning with the fish, the clouds as he walks up the path to the house are in a certain position. When he returns later carrying coffee for the old man, the clouds are in the same position. The scene was shot without the coffee and then immediately with the coffee. See more »
A film adaptation of Hemingway's Pulitzer winning novella. The best that can be said about it is Spencer Tracy's Academy Award nominated performance, a winning score, and the sumptuous colour photography also recognised that year. It is a completely faithful adaptation to the novella in terms of narrative and Tracy embodies the old man wonderfully, particularly in capturing the modesty and kindliness of Santiago - the Cuban apprentice boy's hero. The film's shortcomings can be said to be the production values of what is the central piece of the film - the scenes at sea. We are also thwarted by the inability of the producers to effect Santiago's wrestling with the fish, though brilliant stock footage of big fish assuages this disappointment in many of the sequences. All in all, viewers will admire Tracy for his naturalism on screen - something that comes easy to very few film actors in the history of cinema.
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