Good movie...except I don't know if I would ever want to watch it again. The story isn't that interesting itself, but the acting makes it so much more.
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.
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.
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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