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The Old Man and the Sea (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 25 March 1990
Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Santiago goes out on his usual fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life. Then a shark attacks and tries to steal his catch. ... See full summary »


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Ernest Hemingway (novel), Roger O. Hirson

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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... Santiago
Gary Cole ... Tom Pruitt
Patricia Clarkson ... Mary Pruitt
Joe Santos ... Lopez
Valentina Quinn ... Angela
Francesco Quinn ... Santiago as a Young Man
Paul Calderon ... Anderez
Sully Diaz Sully Diaz ... Maria
Jaime Tirelli
Raúl Dávila Raúl Dávila ... (as Raul Davila)
James McDaniel
Rene Rivera ... (as René Rivera)
Steven Rodriquez Steven Rodriquez
Manuel E. Santiago Manuel E. Santiago ... Gomez (as Manuel Santiago)
Alexis Cruz ... Manolo


Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Santiago goes out on his usual fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life. Then a shark attacks and tries to steal his catch. Santiago battles with the shark for days. He returns to the shore beaten, tattered and torn, and his catch consisting now of mostly bones. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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fishing | old man | marlin | cuban | boat | See All (9) »




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25 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az öreg halász és a tenger See more »

Filming Locations:

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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Anthony Quinn requested his part as a birthday present (his 75th) from his producer. See more »


Version of The Old Man and the Sea (1958) See more »

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Not my cup of tea
8 June 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

If I weren't honoring Anthony Quinn as Hot Toasty Rag's Star of the Week, I never would have sat through The Old Man and the Sea. As it was, I had to give myself a manicure and a pedicure while watching it just to save my sanity by not giving the movie my full attention.

I'm not really a Hemingway fan anyway, and this story is far from my favorite. In it, an old man goes out to sea to try and catch a fish, even though everyone tells him he's too old. He's out there for months, waiting to catch a fish, talking to himself and annoying the pants off the audience. As a side plot, that I supposed was written to help audiences not start screaming-but for me, it had the opposite effect-Gary Cole and Patricia Clarkson are on-again, off-again lovers in town who sometimes talk about Anthony Quinn's futile boat trip but mostly talk about their very boring struggle between needing to find themselves and wanting to stay together. Gary just didn't know what to do with the terrible lines he was given, and Patricia did her usual delivery of, "In using an annoying monotone, I'm actually showing how profound these words are." Then of course, there's the young boy, Alexis Cruz, who idolizes and believes in Anthony Quinn, even though he really has no reason to.

If you actually like this story, feel free to disregard my review. Perhaps this is a very well done version, but since I can't stand it, it drove me crazy. I didn't like Moby Dick either. I preferred All is Lost. There's much better acting, hardly any talking, and no irritating side plots.

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