This is a reasonably good telling of the Kipling novel. The first part is the best with the personal development of Harvey Cheyne. This, of course, is the story of a spoiled young man who falls overboard on his father's ocean liner. He finds himself rescued by a fishing boat, going to the Grand Banks. He is a pariah on the boat (a Jonah, they call him). He insists that the captain stole a large amount of money from him and he continuously antagonizes the crew, including the one other boy, Danny, whom he forms a friendship with. Of course, over time, he comes to maturity aboard the boat.
The story is a little plodding during the middle, but there are some things that are of interest. There is a rivalry presented with Captain Troop's boat and the other fishermen who are out there. There is also the fear of the huge ships who have little or no regard for the little fishing boats. One character is Manuel, played by Ricardo Montalban. He adds a joy to the whole thing. Of course, if one were to see what it was like on one of these boats, it would appear romanticized. They do make an effort to show the danger of the sea and what it holds. The other issue is the strained relationship of Harvey and his father. It's a pretty decent story. I would still like to see a really good movie version of this book.
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