This made-for-TV version of Ernest Hemingway's novel expands the book's story line and by doing so, weakens its impact.
Old fisherman Santiago (Anthony Quinn) has not caught a fish in 85 days. He is idolized by a young boy named Manola (Alexis Cruz), who brings him food and talks baseball with him.
Santiago goes out in his boat again, hoping for good luck. After drifting far from shore, he finally hooks a large fish. He is forced to wait for the fish to tire, as he is not strong enough to pull it in. The fish pulls the boat further out for most of the next day before it finally surfaces and
Santiago is able to harpoon it. Lashing it to his boat, he sets back...