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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Moby Dick (1956)
Adventure | Drama
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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.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn
Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Adventure | Drama
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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.

Stars: William Hurt, Ethan Hawke, Charlie Cox
Moby Dick (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Captain Ahab's descent into madness destroys everyone around him. This powerful character drew John Barrymore, Orson Wells and John Huston. This film has been called the best, most authentic version of Herman Melville's MOBY DICK.

Director: Paul Stanley
Stars: Jack Aranson
2010: Moby Dick (Video 2010)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
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A modern adaptation of the classic novel of the captain of a high tech submarine and his obsessive quest to destroy the enormousprehistoric whale that maimed him.

Director: Trey Stokes
Stars: Barry Bostwick, Renée O'Connor, Matt Lagan
Moby Dick (1930)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In this extremely loose adaptation of Melville's classic novel, Ahab is revealed initially not as a bitter and vengeful madman, but as a bit of a lovable scamp. Ashore in New Bedford, he ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: John Barrymore, Joan Bennett, Lloyd Hughes
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 Ishmael (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Elijah (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. Stubb (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Peter Coffin (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. Flask (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Captain Ahab (2 episodes, 1998)
Piripi Waretini ...
 Queequeg (2 episodes, 1998)
Vivianne Benton ...
 Sal Coffin (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Bulkington (2 episodes, 1998)
Norman Yemm ...
 Carpenter (2 episodes, 1998)
Michael Jackson ...
 Shantyman (2 episodes, 1998)
Warren Owens ...
 Cook (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Little Pip (2 episodes, 1998)
Harold Hopkins ...
 Captain Peleg (2 episodes, 1998)
John Lee ...
 Captain Bildad (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Starbuck (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Father Mapple (2 episodes, 1998)
Matthew E. Montoya ...
 Tashtego (2 episodes, 1998)
Michael Edward-Stevens ...
 Dagoo (2 episodes, 1998)
Chris Graham ...
 Perth (2 episodes, 1998)
Apirana Taylor ...
 Dough Boy (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Fedallah (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Captain Boomer (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Captain Gardiner (2 episodes, 1998)
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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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated PG for mild language and for some intense whaling action/violence | See all certifications »
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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Both Hugh Keys-Byrne and Bruce Spence have supporting roles in the Mad Max franchise See more »

Quotes

Capt. Peleg: What do you know about whaling?
Ishmael: Nothing, sir. But I want to see what whaling is. I want to see the world.
Capt. Peleg: Can't you see the world from where you stand, young man? You want to see what whaling is, do you? Are you man enough to pitch a harpoon down a live whale's throat and jump after it?
Ishmael: Well, I am, sir, if it be absolutely indispensible that I do so.
Capt. Peleg: I'll tell you this: There's death in this business, young man.
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Version of Moby Dick (1956) See more »

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South Australia
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[Sung by sailors as they swab the deck]
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As bad as it sounds, not as good as the book
3 August 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I watched this immediately after finishing the book, and all I can say is that I am a bit baffled.

There were quite a lot of changes made in this version, compared to the book. Now, while this is a pretty normal thing, most adaptations require changes, I must say that all the changes made here were for the worse.

All the ways this movie/mini-series differs from the original book are bad. I cannot understand why the makers of this film made the changes they made. It seems to me they cut out the very depth of the story.

Most of the characters, for example, were more shallow, more over-the-top, like caricatures of the originals. This ruins the mood and the atmosphere of the story. Granted, the at times ridiculous language in the book does a bit of the same in the original, but not nearly as badly as the style of this adaptation.

I feel that the whole core of the book Moby Dick is the character of Ahab, and his dual nature. He is hell bent on killing the whale, but also, deep down, a good man. Now, for some reason, the latter aspect of the character was much down-played in this version. The beauty of the original story is Ahab's own struggle with his obsession, and all the rest of the events in the story are just reflections of this internal struggle. This version does itself a disservice by not following the original on this.

The book has it's problems, it's long and tedious, but the story within is a far better one than the one told by this adaptation.


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