The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 11, 1958
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film can't do proper justice to the literary masterpiece.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Tracy with a hokey accent floats in a studio tank for what seems like forever.

Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The 1958 film, made six years after publication of the book, is a faithful adaptation - virtually a word-for-word copy of Hemingway's dialogue and prose - that is not without its faults.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Tracy reading Hemingway's lines...brings to them a simple dignity and nobility that is hard to match.

Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Talky, but not surprising, since it is based on Hemingway story of old man (Tracy) musing about catching huge fish.

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Michael Gildea
The Old Man and the Sea is by no means the best thing I've seen Spencer Tracy do but it wasn't bad. Its a simple story that's pretty well… More
Andre Tavares Simoni
Beautiful and touching movie. A history about hope .Very beautiful cinematography and brilliant act from Spencer Tracy
Bruce Bruce
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.
John Ballantine
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… More