The Old Man and the Sea

Synopsis: An old fisherman goes out on his fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life.
Director(s): Aleksandr Petrov
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 3 nominations.
20 min

Supper !

Wake up !

We're going to have supper.

- I'm not very hungry.

- Come on... eat.

- You can't fish and not eat.

- I have.

You'll not fish without eating

while I'm alive.

Then live a long time

and take care of yourself.


I could go with you again.

We've made some money.

No, no...

you're on a lucky boat, now.

I know you did not leave

because you doubted me.

It's been eighty-four days

since I got a fish.

Stay with them.

It was papa

who made me leave.

I am a boy

and I must obey him.

I know...

It is quite normal.

When I was your age

I was before the mast

on a square rigged ship

that ran to Africa.

I have seen lions on the beaches

in the evening.

Yeah, I know. You told me.

Tomorrow is going to be

a good day with this current.

Where are you going to go ?

Far out to come in

when the wind shifts.

Santiago, how old was I

when you first took me in a boat ?

Five and you nearly were killed

when I brought the fish

in too green.

And he nearly

tore the boat to pieces.

Can you remember ?

I remember everything

from when we first went together.

Good luck, Manolin.

Good luck, old man.

He's got something.

Ah ! There you are, little lad.

You'll make a beautiful bait.

There might be a big fish

around this school.

It has to be swimming nearby.

Yes... yes !

There it is.

I cannot lose this chance.

This far out,

he must be huge in this month.

Eat it !

Come on, fish... eat it !

He will take it.

God help him to take it.

Come up easy...

and let me put the harpoon

into you.

Are you ready ?

Now !

What's that ?

My God ! What a weight !

I am being towed by the fish.

He can't be that big !

I hope he doesn't know there is

only one man against him... an old man.

I must convince him

of my strength.

I convinced everybody else,

that time in the tavern in Casablanca...

when I played the hand game

with that great black

who was the strongest man

on the docks.

We had gone one day and one night

facing one another.

Our forearms were straight up

and our hands gripped tight.

We were trying to force

each other's hand down on the table.

There was much betting

and people went in and out

of the room

under the kerosene lamps.

Eleven hours and still counting.

They changed the referees every four hours

so that the referees could sleep.

Many of the bettors

had asked for a draw

because they had to go to work

on the docks loading sacks of sugar.

Otherwise everyone would have

wanted it to go to a finish.

Yes Santiago !

Come on !

You can do it !

Go on !

Kill him down !

- Barkeep !

- For you, young man !

We have a winner.

The match had started

on a Sunday morning

and ended on a Monday morning.

For a long time after that

everyone had called me The Champion.

Man is not much

beside the great birds and beasts.

But they are not as intelligent

as we who kill them.

They are more noble and more able.

I would rather be that beast down there

in the darkness of the sea.

The fish is my brother

but I must kill him.

I am glad we do not have

to kill the stars.

Imagine if each day

a man must try to kill the moon.

The moon runs away.

But imagine if a man each day

should have to try to kill the sun...

We were born lucky.

It is enough to live on the sea

and kill our true brothers.

I have never seen

or heard of such a fish.

And now, we are joined together.

Watch out, Santiago !

I will stay with you

until I am dead, fish !

Oh God, my hand !

God help me endure !

I wish the boy was here.

He will be proud of me.

I am a tired old man

but I have done it !

It was too good to last...

Sharks !

I should not

have gone out so far, fish.

I'm sorry, fish.

Don't sit up !

Drink this.

They beat me, Manolin.

He didn't beat you.

Not the fish.

No. Truly.

It was afterwards.

- Did they search for me ?

- Of course.

- How much did you suffer ?

- Plenty...

- You know... I missed you.

- Now we fish together again.

I am not lucky anymore.

The hell with luck !

I'll bring the luck with me.

Get well fast...

for there is much that I can learn

and you can teach me everything.

I will bring you something to eat.

Rest well, old man.

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Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg theory—had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short-story collections, and two non-fiction works. Three of his novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school, he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian Front to enlist as an ambulance driver in World War I. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms (1929). In 1921, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of what would be four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s "Lost Generation" expatriate community. His debut novel, The Sun Also Rises, was published in 1926. After his 1927 divorce from Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer; they divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War, where he had been a journalist. He based For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) on his experience there. Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940; they separated after he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II. He was present at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris. Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway maintained permanent residences in Key West, Florida (in the 1930s) and Cuba (in the 1940s and 1950s). In 1959, he bought a house in Ketchum, Idaho, where, in mid-1961 he shot himself in the head. more…

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