Director Franklin J. Schaffner’s offbeat film stars George C. Scott as jaded American sculptor Thomas Hudson, who lives in self-imposed exile on the island of Bimini. But his isolation ends when his sons visit before the outbreak of World War II.
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Polished adventure-drama based on a Hemingway story retains the author's rich invocation of exotic locales and repressed emotions. The cast is strong, though as good as Scott is in the lead, it's Hemmings who steals the show much of the time. The uneven pacing is a hinderance at times, with moments of taut intensity sometimes bridged by dragging dialogue scenes. Not any kind of classic, but a solid, well-made film.