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The Old Man and the Sea (the 1958 movie)



Director John Sturges closely follows the Ernest Hemingway classic about an old Cuban fisherman who hooks and battles a giant marlin in a small boat. The old man fights the marlin over a period of days and eventually subdues the giant fish only to have the fish eaten by sharks on the way in.

Starring Spencer Tracy in the title role, composer Dmitri Tiomkin won an Oscar for the film’s musical score.



Circulating Books/Movies – A Selected List


  •  Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea [videorecording] 1996.

                              Call Number: PS3515 .E37 O53 1996



Reference Materials


  • New York Times Film ReviewsCall Number: REF PN1995 .N4

o   1949-58, October 8, 1958, pg. 3086-87.

  • Motion Picture GuideCall Number: REF PN1995 .N346 1985

o   Vol. VI, pg. 2237.

  • Magill’s Survey of Cinema (Second Series)Call Number: REF PN1995 .M3 1981

o   Vol. 4, pg. 1775-77.

  • Guide to Critical ReviewsCall Number: REF Z5782 .S342 Pt.4 v.2

o   Part 4, Vol. 2, pg. 880-81.

  • Encyclopedia of Novels into FilmsCall Number: REF PN1997.85 .T54 1998

o   Pg. 306-07.



Research Databases

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  • Film & Television Literature Index
  • New York Times Historical Newspapers




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