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The Old Man and the Sea (1990)

Anthony Quinn , Gary Cole , Jud Taylor  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Anthony Quinn, Gary Cole, Patricia Clarkson, Joe Santos, Valentina Quinn
  • Directors: Jud Taylor
  • Writers: Ernest Hemingway, Roger O. Hirson
  • Producers: Brian Harris, Keith Richardson, Norman Foster, Robert E. Fuisz, William F. Storke
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009K7RM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Old Man and the Sea" on IMDb

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The heroic saga of Santiago, in his prime the greatest fisherman of them all and now 84 days without a catch. The villagers claim he’s too old – he has "lost his luck." His daughter thinks he should give up the sea and live with her in Havana.

Determined to prove them wrong by bringing back a magnificent catch, Santiago goes out to sea. Farther out than ever before. Out to the battle of his life.

The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway’s "signature" novel won a Pulitzer Prize and was specifically cited when he won the Nobel Prize in literature.


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars English teacher gives this DVD a "B" July 19, 2006
Format:DVD
Making a movie of some guy fishing for three days appealing to an audience of high school kids is a daunting task. Hemingway's "Old Man" isn't exactly full of action, but kids liked reading the novella mainly because they identified with Santiago's ruminations about life and not being defeated by it. This facet of the story is wonderfully presented by Anthony Quinn in a masterful performance as Santiago.

A nice touch to the story (and one that was lost on most of my students) was including Hemingway as a character in the movie: an unnamed newspaper writer on vacation with his wife and who wants to tell the story of Santiago's struggle. Also some of the effects seem dated (The marlin leaping up in the air looked like it was projected behind Anthony Quinn), and some students laughed at the production values of this 15 year old movie.

That said, most students actually enjoyed seeing the movie, and I think it was presented well and well acted. A good supplement to reading the novella in class.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! October 7, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
I haven't read the book by Ernest Hemingway and I haven't seen the old movie with Spencer Tracy but I have seen this remake and I loved it! Anthony Quinn is a superb actor and he was excellent in this movie! This movie is most definitely worthy of 5 stars!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elusive Prey January 18, 2008
Format:DVD
Hemingway's deceptively simple story of an old, out of luck Cuban fisherman's encounter with a marlin is elusive prey for the cinema. Contrary to popular opinion, the first film version with Spencer Tracy isn't that hot, and has a gassy ponderousness and air of fakery about it. Anthony Quinn is more freshly true and this little film also has great close up marlin footage as a compensation. Overall it is not only more authentic, both as to the fish and as to the Cuban setting, but also lighter and brighter. Frankly Quinn beats Tracy by a country mile; he isn't some white liberal worrying about portraying a Cubano with dignity, and gives you a well-rounded performance which admits the character's faults and a certain tendancy to be out of his head. That makes his quest believable and not simply fantastic. Hemingway did actually pick this story up out of real life, but any writer knows that such fact is harder to handle than fiction.

Alas, the film has a few other faults such as poor (old TV) film quality, plus a distracting subplot with a Hemingwayesque writer figure. Yeah, the shot of the old man superimposed with the marlin is funny, but at least has the excuse of being near impossible to avoid. There is no excuse for turning a full moon at sea into a giant searchlight worthy of a prison camp. And then they avoid a great highlight of the book--the night scenes with the sharks!

The subplot is the main problem though. It doesn't finally kill the story, but anyone who has read the novella knows how taut and carefully paced it is between the fisherman's day and night battles, first with the marlin and then with the sharks that devour it. Cutting from that to Mr.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Quinn rendition of The Old Man and the Sea November 30, 2004
Format:DVD
Wow! The original Spencer Tracy verison is a certainly a classic that I have watched many times. My new Anthony Quinn DVD is even better. Depth and understanding of presentation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Actors, No Budget April 7, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Do yourself a favor and stick with Spencer Tracy, especially if you're planning on showing this to a high school audience. My class made it through 30 minutes and then I stopped it, mercifully. I know when to cut my losses.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget this version April 4, 2007
Format:DVD
If you loved the Spencer Tracy version, this will be a great disappointment. Quinn turns in a respectable performance, but it is wooden compared to the Tracy version. The story is also muddled by the repeated insertion of Hemingway himself supposedly observing the story unfold, and then to later write it up. Bottom line, save your money
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Not much actually happens in this movie: an old man Santiago (Anthony Quinn) has not caught a fish in over eighty trips, goes out for one last trip and catches a huge fish. By doing so, he discovers, perhaps for the first time, the insignificance of human beings in the overall scheme of things. It is a testament to Anthony Quinn's performance in the central role that our interest is sustained; his range of facial expressions is positively wondrous, especially when alone on the boat with no one but himself to talk to. Director Jud Taylor also works hard to develop the spring-and-autumn relationship between Santiago and the boy Anderez (Paul Calderon), which prompts the old man to consider his own behavior as an old men when he believed that he was virtually impregnable. The story has a Hemingwayesque figure in the form of Tom Pruitt (Gary Cole), a writer who cannot leave Santiago's small community until he has discovered for himself just what motivates the old man. This role is a little superfluous, but at least shows why the author himself was interested in such an apparently insignificant story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie July 12, 2014
By DomC
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Got this for my dad for fathers day, he loved it. I liked the Spencer Tracy version better.

The movie came as described and shipping was very fast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
terrific movie
Published 12 days ago by Teresa G. Spain
3.0 out of 5 stars Old man and the Sea with Quinn
Picture and sound quality not good, the movie is a classic and a good collectors item .Did not really follow the original movie or book.
Published 9 months ago by MEL FRANQUI
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Man and the Sea
My husband and I both love the movie as it was filmed at Smuggler's Cove in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We live on the Island and it is our favorite beach of all.
Published 11 months ago by Susan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
This movie was written by a great author who had a passion for his stories, and this movie completely failed his story line. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. None_ya
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Quinn was a Great Actor
This is just another of Anthony Quinn's triumps as an actor.
He was a unique Actor who rose from very meager beginnings.
Published 15 months ago by J. R. Boylan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man, The Shark and The Marlin
This film is spare and bleak and wonderful. It is true to the original book, that won a Pulitzer Prize. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lynn Olcott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting and inspiring story.
If you want something to think about after the movie is over this is one that will give you food for thought.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs.Quijas
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic and timeless story. I was thinking about the great Anthony Quinn and decided to watch this one again. I have not regrets. A very good movie.
Published 19 months ago by jeanniepenni
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
The Old man and the Sea is and will always be a great story. Anthony Quinn is a much more believable Santiago, than Spencer Tracy,
Published 20 months ago by nativeJeffrey Isenhart
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great oldies
I read the book as a kid and then watched the movie a few years later. It was a great read and anyone that enjoys Hemingway will certainly love this classic.
Published 21 months ago by jim
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