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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Complete series cast summary:
 Ishmael (2 episodes)
 Elijah (2 episodes)
 Mr. Stubb (2 episodes)
Robin Cuming ...
 Peter Coffin (2 episodes)
 Mr. Flask (2 episodes)
 Captain Ahab (2 episodes)
Piripi Waretini ...
 Queequeg (2 episodes)
Vivianne Benton ...
 Sal Coffin (2 episodes)
 Bulkington (2 episodes)
Norman Yemm ...
 Carpenter (2 episodes)
Michael Jackson ...
 Shantyman (2 episodes)
Warren Owens ...
 Cook (2 episodes)
 Little Pip (2 episodes)
Harold Hopkins ...
 Captain Peleg (2 episodes)
John Lee ...
 Captain Bildad (2 episodes)
 Starbuck (2 episodes)
 Father Mapple (2 episodes)
Matthew E. Montoya ...
 Tashtego (2 episodes)
Michael Edward-Stevens ...
 Dagoo (2 episodes)
Chris Graham ...
 Perth (2 episodes)
Apirana Taylor ...
 Dough Boy (2 episodes)
 Fedallah (2 episodes)
 Captain Boomer (2 episodes)
Peter Sumner ...
 Captain Gardiner (2 episodes)


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, Queequeeg. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and for some intense whaling action/violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

15 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Моби Дик  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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John Lee's final film. See more »


Captain Ahab: Aye, harpoons do like stuck in him like so many corkscrews. Aye, his spout is big, like Nantucket wheat. Aye, by death and devils, the white whale is Moby-Dick, if Moby-Dick you see!
Starbuck: Captain Ahab, was it not Moby-Dick that cut off thy leg?
Captain Ahab: Aye, Mr. Starbuck. Aye, my hearties all. It was Moby-Dick that dismantled me, that reaped off my leg like a mower a blade of grass and left me with this dead stump I stand on. For forever and a day I shall chase that white whale.
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South Australia
[Sung by sailors as they swab the deck]
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Beautiful Rendition of a Classic
8 April 2001 | by (Quakertown,Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

When I sat down to watch a new version of an old classic, I was not quite certain what to expect,particularly from a TV movie. Having seen some of the names listed in the cast, I was hopeful. Happily, I was not disappointed. Not only was the acting superb, but the cinematography was beautiful and the soundtrack stirring.

Patrick Stewart was quite compelling as Ahab and his rendering of a man possessed by his inner demons was excellent. However, it was Ted Levine's Starbuck who truly stole the show. He said more with just a glance than most actors can with an entire dialogue. One truly felt his emotional and spiritual turmoil. Hopefully this very fine actor will have more roles of this caliber in the future that are worthy of his talent.

The rest of the cast was excellent as well. All in all, a very enjoyable viewing experience and a movie I will return to again and again.

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