Whale Music (1994)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  6 October 1995 (USA)
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Shot around the breathtaking coastline of B.C.'s Howe Sound, Whale Music is the triumphant adaptation of Paul Quarringaton's Governor General's Award-winning novel about the redemption of a... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Desmond Howl
Claire Lowe (as Cyndy Preston)
Daniel Howl
Fay Ginzburg-Howl
Kenneth Sexstone
Mookie Saunders
Alan Jordan ...
Sal Goneau
Tom Lavin ...
Monty Mann
Dewey Moore
Deborah Duchene ...
Bobby Sue
Paul Quarrington ...
Pete the Bartender
Janne Mortil ...
Suzanne Ristic ...
Monty's Wife
Roman Podhora ...
Prison Guard
Sherri Wong ...


Shot around the breathtaking coastline of B.C.'s Howe Sound, Whale Music is the triumphant adaptation of Paul Quarringaton's Governor General's Award-winning novel about the redemption of a faded rock star through love and music. Richard J. Lewis' exploration of the reclusive musician's efforts to create a piece of music that will summon the whales is a sensory and emotional tour de force. Written by Vancouver Film Festival, Handbook

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An ex-rock star. A runaway stripper. Together, they're making a new kind of music. See more »


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bálnák zenéje  »

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$39,129 (USA)

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Won 4 Genies including Best Actor (Chaykin) and Best Original Song See more »


Fay: This girl looks under age, Des. Could mean prison.
Desmond: That seems a heavy price to pay for a youthful appearance.
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in end credits: The Mackie 24 Channel 8 Bus Console used by "Desmond" offers full MIDI automation from the computer screen using virtual faders, but is not physically automated as seen in the film. See more »


Nice To Love You
Written by Neil Osborne (as Osborne), Phil Comparelli (as Camparelli), Brad Merritt (as Merritt) & Matt Johnson (as Johnson)
Lyrics by Neil Osborne
Performed by 54-40
Fifty-Four Forty Songs Inc./Sony Music Publishing - SOCAN
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A Moving Experience
22 June 2001 | by (Calgary, Alberta, CANADA) – See all my reviews

My first exposure to "Whale Music" was the Rheostatics album of the same name, that I bought around 1993. I was reading the liner notes and the band said the album, which remains in a prominent place in my collection, was inspired by Canadian author Paul Quarrington's book.

I picked up the book a few months later and devoured it! An amazing read! I have since re-read the book numerous times, each time finding some new element to Desmond and his desire to complete the Whale Music.

I found the film in 1996, on video. I haven't had a lot of good experiences with Canadian film, but this one worked for me. The role of Claire could have been cast differently, but overall I think that Paul Quarrington's vision was transfered nicely from the book to the screen.

Maury Chaykin gives a moving performance as the isolated genius. The movie deals with family relationships, love, and finding someone who understands. I would strongly recommend "Whale Music" to not only music fans, but anyone who has ever lost something or someone, and tried to find their way back to the world.

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