The Old Man and the Sea (1958)


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In this filmization of Ernest Hemingway's short novel, Spencer Tracy is the Old Man, a Mexican fisherman who tries to haul in a huge fish that he catches far from shore. Tracy's boat is besieged by sharks and by natural elements, but the Old Man stubbornly sticks to his job.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ernest Hemingway, Peter Viertel
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On DVD: Mar 13, 2001


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Critic Reviews for The Old Man and the Sea

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | September 6, 2010
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

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...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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.

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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