- 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: Color, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Bfs Entertainment/Mu
- VHS Release Date: July 1, 1996
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6303444369
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great story.... Great actor, timeless, transformative, Quinn always convincing. Read the book firstPublished 6 months ago by ms...Brooklyn
Faithful to the novella, Quinn was great , choreography great. Well donePublished 7 months ago by John Fennelly
Hemmingway classic told from another view. Anthony Quinn is dynamic as the old man. we all get old but many don't do it as well.Published 7 months ago by doc wilcox
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