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Alas, Scott doesn't so much act as pose, and Schaffner sets up every shot and every encounter like a dust-jacket for a tasteful book-club edition (the DVD transfer is impeccably crisp; the images, stillborn). Thomas's attempts to bond with the three sons who come to visit after years of estrangement are painful, mostly because of the badness of the kids' dialogue and the worseness of the kid actors. However, as Thomas's boon companion Eddie--the "good man" rummy reminiscent of To Have and Have Not--David Hemmings is heartbreakingly fine. So, astonishingly, is the final reel, an absurdist adventure on the periphery of war... and we realize there could have been, should have been, a good movie in this bad idea for a movie after all. --Richard T. Jameson
The most enjoyable movie. I will watch it several more times. It's based on the last Hemingway novel. It's about real life. The scenery is beautiful. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Bill
George C Scott is a brilliant actor but he slept through this movie.
what a disservice to the book..
ISLANDS IN THE STREAM, based on the Hemmingway novel, is my favorite film. Why is it my favorite film of all films I have ever seen? Read morePublished 22 days ago by gobirds2
Great movie but a tearjerker; the book was Hemingway's last novel and he did not finish writing it when he took his life. George C. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John C. McManus
Hemingway at his best. A great story from beginning to end.Published 3 months ago by A. William Benitez
great scenery, TV acting, unbelievable dialog, overpowering saccharin scorePublished 4 months ago by woofer
One of my very favorite Ernest Hemingway stories and movies. Perfect to watch as you plan a trip to the Caribbean and Key West.Published 4 months ago by Sandy Hintz