I was forced to read a medley of literature by my English teacher this past junior year of my highschool career. Among them was Hemingway's novella The old man and the sea and I absolutley loved the written version. This 1990 take on the story is not nearly as good as the 1958 version starring Spencer Tracy and the only real reason I was curious to see it was because of the appearance made by Anthony Quinn of whom I am a fan of but I liked the novella itself the best and if anything I recomend you read that. Some things are better left to the imagination and not meant to be translated from the paper to the screen and The old man and the sea is a prime example of this.
I love anything with Quinn in it and this is no exception. An amazing portrayal of human endurance, pride, and commitment. Some of the acting by others is suspect but Quinn's performance makes it work. Recommended for everyone. See this film.