Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama
An old Cuban fisherman's dry spell is broken when he hooks a gigantic fish that drags him out to sea. Based on Ernest Hemingway's story.
Ernest Hemingway disliked the way the boy was written in the script, feeling that it deviated greatly from how he drew the character in his novel.
The Old Man:
Tomorrow is the 85th day. Eighty-five is a lucky number. How'd you like to see me bring one in that dressed out over a thousand pounds?
The Boy: Are you strong enough now for a truly big fish?
The Old Man: I think so - and there are many tricks.
When the Old Man harpoons the fish, there is a closeup shot of the harpoon entering the fish's body. You can see a bloodied hole in the skin of the fish before the harpoon enters it, as it appears to be a reversed shot.
The only opening credit is the following: Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. The cast and crew all appear in the closing credits. There were only three cast members named and are listed in the following order: Felipe Pazos Jr., Harry Bellaver, Spencer Tracy.