The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his Captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Henry Thomas ...  Ishmael 2 episodes, 1998
Bruce Spence ...  Elijah 2 episodes, 1998
Hugh Keays-Byrne ...  Mr. Stubb 2 episodes, 1998
Robin Cuming Robin Cuming ...  Peter Coffin 2 episodes, 1998
Shane Connor ...  Mr. Flask 2 episodes, 1998
Patrick Stewart ...  Captain Ahab 2 episodes, 1998
Piripi Waretini Piripi Waretini ...  Queequeg 2 episodes, 1998
Vivianne Benton Vivianne Benton ...  Sal Coffin 2 episodes, 1998
Dominic Purcell ...  Bulkington 2 episodes, 1998
Norman Yemm Norman Yemm ...  Carpenter 2 episodes, 1998
Michael Jackson Michael Jackson ...  Shantyman 2 episodes, 1998
Warren Owens Warren Owens ...  Cook 2 episodes, 1998
Norman D. Golden II ...  Little Pip 2 episodes, 1998
Harold Hopkins ...  Captain Peleg 2 episodes, 1998
John Lee ...  Captain Bildad 2 episodes, 1998
Ted Levine ...  Starbuck 2 episodes, 1998
Gregory Peck ...  Father Mapple 2 episodes, 1998
Matthew E. Montoya Matthew E. Montoya ...  Tashtego 2 episodes, 1998
Michael Edward-Stevens Michael Edward-Stevens ...  Dagoo 2 episodes, 1998
Chris Graham ...  Perth 2 episodes, 1998
Apirana Taylor Apirana Taylor ...  Dough Boy 2 episodes, 1998
Kee Chan ...  Fedallah 2 episodes, 1998
Bill Hunter ...  Captain Boomer 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Sumner ...  Captain Gardiner 2 episodes, 1998
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Storyline

Herman Melville's classic 1851 sea tale about the vengeful sea Captain Ahab who seeks to kill the great white whale who took his leg and is willing to forego the safety and endurance of his crew to do it. The tale is told from the vantage of the only surviving member, Ishmael, a young man who joins the crew of the Pequod for his first seafaring with the aid of his harpoonist friend, Queequeg. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Official Sites:

official site (updated)

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UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Моби Дик See more »

Filming Locations:

Point Cook, Victoria, Australia

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the second time that Sir Patrick Stewart played the Captain of a ship, and quoted lines from Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick". The first being Star Trek: First Contact (1996). See more »

Goofs

As Ishmael enters the church (around 25:30), the congregation is singing the hymn "Eternal Father, Strong To Save", a song which was not written until 1860 or 61. See more »

Quotes

Starbuck: May God forgive you, Ahab, may God forgive you...
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Alternate Versions

The European theatrical release version runs 120 minutes (about an hour from the original TV version was cut). This version is available on home video in the U.S. See more »

Connections

Version of The Sea Beast (1926) See more »

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South Australia
Traditional
[Sung by sailors as they swab the deck]
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The Most Powerful Movie Made for Television
7 December 2004 | by StarCastle99See all my reviews

Usually I don't expect much out of movies made for TV. They're seven acts, instead of the traditional three, which makes plotting difficult. They work on miniscule budgets, and usually use actors on their way up or their way down. Not to be compared with theatrical motion pictures - apples and oranges. However, the exception proves the rule.

This is an epic telling of the Melville story. Okay, most of you probably had a bad experience reading the novel. You end up asking why Ahab was prepared to give his life for catching or killing the great albino whale. The answer is that Ahab and the Whale are inexorably bound in life. The whale is Ahab's grab for the eternal brass ring, one that eludes him time and again.

First: Best motion picture score I've ever heard for a TV Movie. Second: This picture is filmed like a theatrical, meant to be projected on a large screen. Third: My dear friend, Patrick Stewart who doesn't know how to give a bad performance. Patrick, like the whale is a force of nature, not to be denied. I've directed Patrick on a number of occasions and there's none of the nonsense you hear about the whims of great actors. Patrick comes to work prepared and when he makes a suggestion you take it very seriously.

I don't care about the other online reviews putting the knock on Melville or his story. What have any of us done recently that will live for more than a century and a half. That my friends is the mark of greatness. It's an elusive butterfly that anybody who gives their life to the creative arts covets and strives to achieve. I give it a ten and defy any reader of this review to tell me why it deserves a scentila less.


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