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The Old Man And The Sea


Based on Ernest Hemingway's classic novel, Spencer Tracy shines in his portrayal of an aging fisherman battling against the elements of the sea in all its fury.

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- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Saturday, March 25, 2006


- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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 photographed and pretty well acted as well. The movie didn't live up to all the hype I'd heard about it over the years but then again I haven't had much exposure to Hemingway up to this point. That arm-wrestling match flashback was pretty cool though. When all was said and done, it kind of made me want to watch Bad Day at Black Rock really bad...

- mjgildea, Tuesday, September 28, 2010

5 stars

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.

- bbcfloridabound, Monday, November 19, 2007

5 stars

Beautiful and touching movie. A history about hope .Very beautiful cinematography and brilliant act from Spencer Tracy

- Tecnoandre, Sunday, April 12, 2009