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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
Involving Hemingway exploration of men and women, fathers and sons, men and men, and the sea. Scott is excellent. David Hemings also. Read morePublished 23 days ago by joe kilgore
One of my all time favorite movies. Great movie if you are an Ernest Hemmingway fan as it is based on one of his last novels and there is a lot in the movie that relates directly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Irish Bill
Wonderful look at relationships. Although this took place during the WWII time period, it could be applied today.Published 2 months ago by jkv-Petaluma, CA
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 2 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago by John C. McManus