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The Old Man and the Sea (1958)

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Release Date: Oct 11, 1958 Wide

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Ernest Hemingway's short novel The Old Man and the Sea was probably unfilmable to begin with, but this didn't stop John Sturges from trying to cinematize Hemingway's tight little character study. Spencer Tracy is the Old Man, a Cuban fisherman who tries to haul in a huge fish that he catches far from shore. Tracy's tiny boat is besieged by sharks and by natural elements, but the Old Man stubbornly sticks to his job. In the end, the fish is nothing more than a skeleton, and the Old Man returns to

Mar 13, 2001

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The film can't do proper justice to the literary masterpiece.

September 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The 1958 film, made six years after publication of the book, is a faithful adaptation - virtually a word-for-word copy of Hemingway's dialogue and prose - that is not without its faults.

September 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Talky, but not surprising, since it is based on Hemingway story of old man (Tracy) musing about catching huge fish.

March 8, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Tracy with a hokey accent floats in a studio tank for what seems like forever.

January 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Tracy reading Hemingway's lines...brings to them a simple dignity and nobility that is hard to match.

April 6, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea is by no means the best thing I've seen Spencer Tracy do but it wasn't bad. Its a simple story that's pretty well photographed and pretty well acted as well. The movie didn't live up to all the hype I'd heard about it over the years but then again I haven't had much exposure to Hemingway up to this point. That arm-wrestling match flashback was pretty cool though. When all was said and done, it kind of made me want to watch Bad Day at Black Rock really bad...
September 28, 2010
mjgildea

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Made in 1958, One of the best Movies you will ever see. Spencer Tracy is the Man. Its a Classic. A must see and a must add to the collection.
November 19, 2007
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Bruce Bruce

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Unfortunately one of Spencer Tracy's worst. I no longer believe in unfilmable books but this one is a tough one to adapt and Sturges and Tracy can't pull it off.
January 27, 2014
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