2012-03-02 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

So in honor of the Oscars, which recently took place on Sunday, here’s Captain Vinnie’s picks for the five or so best fishing movies:

I-Moby Dick, the original starring Gregory Peck, nothing compares to it and for its time spectacular special effects. A must see for any die hard fish junkie. In it we meet Ahab, a deranged fishermen not unlike many of us. Very deep kudos to Melville.

IA- Jaws, the reality being it could be number one but you know what I think it’s a tie so hence IA. The characters are real to life, the scenes or at least the nautical scenes pretty relevant and everyone was scared to death to go swimming that summer.

II- The Old Man and the Sea, I’m into Hemmingway, for me the quintessential fishermen a hard drinker and great writer. However I would have maybe gone with someone other than Spencer Tracy for the lead well maybe not.

III- Tough one here but I’m going with The Perfect Storm. A little over the top and not as good as the book but hey why not, George Clooney as Billy Tyne paired with Mark Wahlberg as commercial fishermen, that’s Hollywood.

IV- Captains Courageous, the original not the remakes. If you don’t cry at the ending you’re not human. Now granted the fake cod could have been a little more realistic but, who knew.

V- A River Runs Through It, interesting cast, excellent scenery, small fish, oh well can’t have everything. And let’s not forget the plot very heartfelt. Well until the next tide ….

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