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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
May 1, 2012  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 10:15 p.m. ET

 

Long before Peter Benchley went to the sea with Jaws, but long after Herman Melville did it with Moby-Dick, Ernest Hemingway dove into his own aquatic allegories with this short, terse story about an aging fisherman and his persistence in his quest to catch an elusive, glorious marlin. Spencer Tracy stars in this 1958 movie version, directed by John Sturges. The author’s fourth wife, Mary Hemingway, can be seen in the film very briefly, playing a tourist.

 
 
 
 
 
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