The Old Man and the Sea


The Old Man and the Sea

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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 his tiny hovel to "dream about the lions." Spencer Tracy may have been dreaming about the Oscar when he agreed to make this film, but Old Man and the Sea is defeated by pretentiousness and by several unconvincing "sea" scenes shot in a studio tank (even though both Tracy and director Sturges underwent incredible hardships filming in a real boat on the real ocean). Old Man and the Sea was remade as a 1990 made-for-TV movie starring Anthony Quinn, which compounded the mistakes made in the Tracy version by grafting on a pointless love story.

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Critic Reviews for The Old Man and the Sea

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Audience Reviews for The Old Man and the Sea

  • Jan 27, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2009
    Beautiful and touching movie. A history about hope .Very beautiful cinematography and brilliant act from Spencer Tracy
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2009
    Great Classic Movie, a little bit slow and Narrated but nice. Not for people who are used to rush rush Movies. I think this Movie is based upon a Book, not sure though.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2007
    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 B Super Reviewer

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