The classic Ernest Hemingway novel about man battling nature and the demons within himself is adapted admirably in this 1958 film starring the legendary Spencer Tracy. Playing the fisherman who goes on an intense and futile quest as he contemplates his own nature, Tracy turns in a spellbinding performance of understated power. He plays an itinerant Cuban fisherman whose luck at catching his prey has been poor of late, until he becomes embroiled in an intense pursuit of a giant marlin and in the process must confront his own frailties. Though the visual aspect of the film seems dated, Tracy is more than enough reason to see this effort at bringing one of the modern classics of literature to life on the screen. --Robert Lane
Other: "Hemingway, the Legend and the Sea" (3:02) --This text refers to the DVD edition.
What can you say really?. AS good as a book can get on film.Especially for its day. Need three more words.Published on April 12 2013 by Jan K. Jesser
Hemingway decide to make an apparent simple story when in reality , he would write one of his most emblematic and passionate works.
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After the film came out in 1958 Hemingway was quoted as saying Spencer Tracy was "too fat" to play the part. Read morePublished on May 4 2002
I was 8 years old when my Mother and I went to see this movie. I remember how determined this man was to land a fish, any fish, not just a big one. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2002 by Chet Ragsdale
My expectations may have been slightly lofty when I viewed the video version of The Old Man and the Sea (1958). Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2000
Even though I thought this movie was interesting I found it a little boring. I was hoping it was going to be more of a battle between the old man and the fish. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 1999
In these times where ignorance (high school high is an example) is produced for the public to consume, and special effects are the driving force in many movies, it is very pleasing... Read morePublished on May 18 1999
This is a timeless tale of a passion unbroken by the rust of time. The boy in the movie has a heart so strong in a town so poor. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 1999