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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea is a 1958 American adventure drama film directed by John Sturges, who replaced the original, uncredited director Fred Zinnemann. The screenplay by Peter Viertel was based on the 1952 novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film stars Spencer Tracy.

Plot

The Old Man in the film is a Cuban fisherman who has gone 84 days without a catch. His only friend is a 14-year-old boy named Jabby, who has been barred by his father from accompanying the Old Man out to sea. On the Old Man's 85th day out, he finally hooks a huge marlin, which he then tries to bring in and haul in from far out from shore. For three days and nights he battles the fish, which is portrayed in the film (as it had been in Hemingway's novella) as a trial of mental and physical courage that becomes the ultimate test for him of his worth as a man.

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