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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.

Directors:

John Sturges, Fred Zinnemann (uncredited)

Writers:

Ernest Hemingway (novel), Peter Viertel
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... The Old Man / Narrator
Felipe Pazos ... The Boy (as Felipe Pazos Jr.)
Harry Bellaver ... Martin
Don Diamond ... Cafe Proprietor
Don Blackman Don Blackman ... Hand Wrestler
Joey Ray Joey Ray ... Gambler
Mary Hemingway Mary Hemingway ... Tourist
Richard Alameda Richard Alameda ... Gambler
Tony Rosa Tony Rosa ... Gambler
Carlos Rivero Carlos Rivero ... Gambler
Robert Alderette Robert Alderette ... Gambler
Mauritz Hugo ... Gambler
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der alte Mann und das Meer See more »

Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Havana, Cuba See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

The Old Man: Do not blame the hand, it is not the hand's fault
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Edited into La classe américaine (1993) See more »

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Cancion del Pescador
(uncredited)
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Nestor Amaral
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One of Tracy's greatest roles
30 July 2000 | by stills-6See all my reviews

Arguably the best novella ever written gets both a reading from Spencer Tracy and a dramatization - neither of which quite mesh with each other. There is a great deal of unnecessary narration, probably owing to the fact that no one thought Hemingway's words could be improved upon. I wish this movie had been made ten years later, when the sparse style of the prose could have been matched by the sparseness of the period.

All that aside, it's a beautiful movie and Tracy is excellent. You wouldn't think that an old-hand white guy actor would be able to carry off being a old-hand white guy actor doing an old Cuban man without looking silly. But he does, without trying to do anything besides portraying an aging fisherman. This is the key to his performance - he looks so comfortable in the role that you absolutely believe him as that fisherman. One of his greatest roles.


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