Old Man and the Sea

Old Man and the Sea

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Director: John Sturges

Cast: John Sturges, Spencer Tracy, Felipe Pazos, Harry Bellaver

     
 

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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 naturalSee more details below

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Though director John Sturges shot The Old Man and the Sea all over the Western hemisphere, his screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novella feels like a one-man stage play broken up by some nature footage. Luckily, the lead is one of cinema's most enduring and popular stars, Spencer Tracy. Though the film's narration may be somewhat pretentious, Tracy keeps the character likable and breathes some life into the script. The actor appears to have been bitten by the Method-acting bug that had been going around Hollywood in the 1950s: his intuitive performance suggests "James Dean and the Sea" more than Hemingway's version. The most striking moments are the scenes of the sharks attacking the boat; though Sturges was well known for his classic action movies (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), two uncredited directors (Fred Zinnemann and Henry King) worked on the film, and it's possible that Sturges was not responsible for the attack.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2010
UPC:
0883929143504
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
1,781

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes documentary; Hemingway: the legend and the sea

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy The Old Man
Felipe Pazos The Boy
Harry Bellaver Martin
Donald Diamond Cafe Proprietor
Don Blackman Hand Wrestler
Joey Ray Gambler
Richard Alameda Actor
Mauritz Hugo Actor
Carlos Rivero Actor
Tony Rosa Actor

Technical Credits
John Sturges Director
Lamar Boren Cinematographer
Edward Carrere Art Director
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
Leland Hayward Producer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Art Loel Art Director
Arthur S. Rhoades Special Effects
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas Tutwiler Cinematographer
Peter Viertel Screenwriter
Ernest Hemingway Source Author

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Old Man and the Sea
1. Old Man and Boy [5:55]
2. Daily Fictions [2:59]
3. Ball Before Bed [4:50]
4. Dream of Africa [2:20]
5. First Light [4:48]
6. Winged Friends [1:58]
7. A Great Catch [7:53]
8. Dark; No Panic [4:19]
9. Away All Lines [1:51]
10. The Small Bird [1:46]
11. A Weary Hand [2:36]
12. Glimpsing Catch [3:30]
13. Arm-Wrestling [3:01]
14. "Not Kill Stars" [2:38]
15. Sweet Dreams [1:47]
16. Duel With the Fish [4:13]
17. To the Death [3:54]
18. Shark! [3:06]
19. One Against Many [4:55]
20. A Shortage of Luck [2:33]
21. The Final Fight [2:59]
22. Not Made For Defeat [3:26]
23. Never Such a Fish [2:39]
24. The Hell With Luck [2:34]
25. The Floating Skeleton [1:52]
Disc #1, Side B -- Old Man and the Sea
1. Old Man and Boy [5:55]
2. Daily Fictions [2:59]
3. Ball Before Bed [4:50]
4. Dream of Africa [2:20]
5. First Light [4:48]
6. Winged Friends [1:58]
7. A Great Catch [7:53]
8. Dark; No Panic [4:19]
9. Away All Lines [1:51]
10. The Small Bird [1:46]
11. A Weary Hand [2:36]
12. Glimpsing Catch [3:30]
13. Arm-Wrestling [3:01]
14. "Not Kill Stars" [2:38]
15. Sweet Dreams [1:47]
16. Duel With the Fish [4:13]
17. To the Death [3:54]
18. Shark! [3:06]
19. One Against Many [4:55]
20. A Shortage of Luck [2:33]
21. The Final Fight [2:59]
22. Not Made For Defeat [3:26]
23. Never Such a Fish [2:39]
24. The Hell With Luck [2:34]
25. The Floating Skeleton [1:52]

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