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The Old Man and the Sea (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 25 March 1990
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 »


Jud Taylor


Ernest Hemingway (novel), Roger O. Hirson
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... Santiago
Gary Cole ... Tom Pruitt
Patricia Clarkson ... Mary Pruitt
Joe Santos ... Lopez
Valentina Quinn ... Angela
Francesco Quinn ... Santiago as a Young Man
Paul Calderon ... Anderez
Sully Diaz Sully Diaz ... Maria
Jamie Tirelli
Raúl Dávila Raúl Dávila ... (as Raul Davila)
James McDaniel
Rene Rivera ... (as René Rivera)
Steven Rodriquez Steven Rodriquez
Manuel E. Santiago Manuel E. Santiago ... Gomez (as Manuel Santiago)
Alexis Cruz ... Manolo


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. Santiago battles with the shark for days. He returns to the shore beaten, tattered and torn, and his catch consisting now of mostly bones. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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fishing | old man | marlin | cuban | boat | See All (9) »




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Anthony Quinn requested his part as a birthday present (his 75th) from his producer. See more »


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A movie so boring I almost cried
12 November 2004 | by kite288See all my reviews

The 1990 version of The Old Man and the Sea is a movie you shouldn't see if you didn't read the book. I watched this movie in my high school English class, and I actually found the book pretty good. When I watched the movie I was really disappointed in what I saw. It had poor graphic quality and most of the cast acted very badly. This movie made me lose all my interest in the book. WARNING SPOLLERS!!! The movie was similar to the book in the way that it put everything in order from beginning to end, with very few things changed. But the main part that was changed is that in the movie Ernest Hemingway's character was in it. He played his role but he was pathetic and ever so false. To me the only character that acted like he was supposed to was Anthony Quinn, but everyone else really sucked. This movie, though similar to the book was very stupid in my opinion. If you are planning to show it for class I recommend that you don't. In all honesty I enjoyed reading the book more than I did watch the movie. It was so boring I almost cried. I wish it wasn't true but the acting just put me to sleep. It was really old fashion and it looked really false. If you were hoping to watch this movie for clarifications, don't, it will just get you really lost. Feel free to watch the movie and disprove me if you want this is just my own opinion. But if you're disappointed at what you see don't say I didn't warn you. I give this movie 3 out of 10. Read the book it's a lot better than the movie.

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Release Date:

25 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az öreg halász és a tenger See more »

Filming Locations:

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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