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Desmond Howl
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Claire Lowe (as Cyndy Preston)
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Daniel Howl
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Fay Ginzburg-Howl
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Kenneth Sexstone
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Mookie Saunders
Alan Jordan ...
Sal Goneau
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Monty Mann
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Dewey Moore
Deborah Duchene ...
Bobby Sue
Paul Quarrington ...
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Monty's Wife
Roman Podhora ...
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Sherri Wong ...
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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 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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Love takes you places you never expected to go. See more »

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6 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Bálnák zenéje  »

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$39,129 (USA)
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Maury Chaykin won a Gemini for Best Supporting Actor. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Succulent
Written by Bif Naked and John Dexter
Performed by Bif Naked
Published by Tay-Kar Music/John Dexter Music - SOCAN
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Sterling Empathy
18 September 1998 | by (Guelph, Ontario) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine recommended this movie, citing my vocal and inflective similarities with Des Howl, the movie's main character. I guess to an extent I can see that and perhaps a bit more, I'm not very sure whether or not that's flattering portrayal.

This is a pretty unique work, the only movie to which this might have more than a glancing similarity would be True Romance, not for the content or the style of filming or for the pace of dialogue (Whale Music is just so much more, well, relaxed.) But instead that they both represent modern love stories.

In general I'm a big fan of Canadian movies about music and musicians (for example I highly recommend Hard Core Logo) and this film in particular. It has an innocent charm, Des is not always the most likeably guy, but there's something about him that draws a sterling sort of empathy.


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