The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

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

The Old Man and the Sea

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.

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: 3,761

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

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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The Old Man and the Sea 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
My father took us to drive-in movies, and this movie with all of the sea footage still stands out in my memory. It was beautiful. Spencer Tracy was superb, as usual. The movie was ''still showing'' in the '60's! I was in elementary school, and it made me cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what a wonderfull movie to share with your kids a hemingway;you cant go wrong;spencer is always great.