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The Old Man and the Sea (1958)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 11 October 1958 (USA)
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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!

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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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

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 »

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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Connections

Referenced in The Starter Wife: Her Old Man & The Sea (2008) 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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"I just went out too far"
28 May 2018 | by shakercoolaSee all my reviews

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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