The Old Man and the Sea

(DVD - 2000)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Old Man and the Sea
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An aging Cuban fisherman, alone in a small skiff, catches a magnificent marlin and must defy the sea, marauding sharks, and his own flagging strength to bring his great catch home.
Title: The old man and the sea
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2000
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: interactive menus; scene access; theatrical trailer; Hemingway: the legend and the sea; behind-the-scenes documentary
Disc has both standard and widescreen presentations
Originally released as a motion picture in 1958
Based on the book by Ernest Hemingway
Summary: An aging Cuban fisherman, alone in a small skiff, catches a magnificent marlin and must defy the sea, marauding sharks, and his own flagging strength to bring his great catch home.
Audience: MPAA rating: not rated
ISBN: 0790732815
Branch Call Number: 7.914 O44
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures ; directed by John Sturges ; produced by Leland Hayward ; screenplay by Peter Viertel ; a Leland Hayward production ; a Warner Bros. presentation
Credits: Director of photography, James Wong Howe ; editor, Arthur P. Schmidt ; music composed and conducted by Dimitri Tiomkin.
Performers: Spencer Tracy, Felipe Pazos, Harry Bellaver.
System Details: DVD
Other Language: Includes English and French language tracks, with optional English or French subtitles
Subject Headings: Cuba Drama Fishers Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Topical Term: Fishers
Publisher No: 14158 Warner Home Video
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Sep 07, 2014
  • hoacornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Being close to 70 years old myself, I identify with Spencer Tracy in "The Old Man and the Sea". You are happy with life as it comes to you. I can just imagine myself landing a large marlin in a small boat and trying to land him. Maybe you don't give up on the dream of landing the big fish. Spencer Tracy has been a fisherman all his life and waited for this moment with the big strike from the marlin. Ernest Hemmingway wrote the book which remains a classic in all high schools and colleges as an example of excellent writing..
P.S. Veepea left the entire plot and ending to the movie in the comment section. This really is a disservice to all the other patrons who might watch the movie. It is OK to not like the movie,, but to give out the ending, well, that's is plainly against the rules of KCLS.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I loved director John Sturges' and Spencer Tracy's collaboration three years previous to this, "Bad Day at Black Rock". This piece was wonderful -- as a sedative. Just like watching paint dry. Apparently even Hemingway himself, who was personally involved in the production, was disappointed with it. Stock wildlife footage, rubber marlin... Terrible movie. Should've never been attempted.

Sep 29, 2011
  • Veepea rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is another Hemingway oeuvre that I decided to watch instead of read, although the book itself is quite short. And again, I'm happy that I didn't read the book and only wasted a couple of hours watching the movie. This poor old man cannot catch a fish, and when he does- it almost kills him! All work and no reward, not my kind of story. For those who are students of the futility of life, you might like this movie.


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