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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.
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William Hurt ... Captain Ahab (2 episodes, 2011)

Ethan Hawke ... Starbuck (2 episodes, 2011)

Charlie Cox ... Ishmael (2 episodes, 2011)

Eddie Marsan ... Stubb (2 episodes, 2010-2011)

Gillian Anderson ... Elizabeth (2 episodes, 2011)

Billy Boyd ... Elijah (2 episodes, 2010-2011)

Raoul Trujillo ... Queequeg (2 episodes, 2010-2011)

Daniyah Ysrayl ... Pip (2 episodes, 2010-2011)

James Gilbert ... Steelkilt (2 episodes, 2011)
Matthew Lemche ... Flask (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Billy Merasty ... Tashtego (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Onyekachi Ejim ... Dagoo (2 episodes, 2010-2011)

Gary Levert ... Perth (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Richard Donat ... Inn Landlord (2 episodes, 2011)
Sandy MacLean ... Quaker Preacher (2 episodes, 2011)

Glen Matthews ... Tom (2 episodes, 2011)

Stephen McHattie ... Rachel Captain (2 episodes, 2011)

Donald Sutherland ... Father Mapple (2 episodes, 2011)

Tommie Earl Jenkins ... Sailor (2 episodes, 2011)

Series Directed by
Mike Barker (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Writing credits
Herman Melville (unknown episodes)
Nigel Williams (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Ginny Jones-Duzak .... line producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Herbert G. Kloiber .... producer (2 episodes, 2011)
David MacLeod .... co-producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Rikolt von Gagern .... producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Original Music by
Richard G. Mitchell (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Cinematography by
Richard Greatrex (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Film Editing by
Dean Soltys (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Casting by
Stephanie Gorin (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Production Design by
Rob Gray (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Art Direction by
Terry Quennell (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Set Decoration by
Ian Greig (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Costume Design by
Martha Curry (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Makeup Department
Elizabeth Kuchurean .... makeup assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
Colleen Ryan .... makeup assistant (2 episodes, 2011)

Colin Penman .... makeup department head (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Production Management
Andrew McInnes .... unit production manager (unknown episodes, 2010)
Patrick Thomas McManus .... assistant unit manager (unknown episodes, 2010)
Simon Sansone .... production manager: Malta (unknown episodes, 2010)
Daniel Thornton .... unit manager: Malta (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luke Fisher .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 2011)
Anne Sirois .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2011)
Ken A. Smith .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2011)

Colin Azzopardi .... assistant director: second unit, Malta (unknown episodes, 2010)
Kenny Chaplin .... second assistant director (unknown episodes, 2010)
Bruce Zwicker .... second assistant director (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Art Department
Jon Banthorpe .... art department assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
Patrick Baxter .... whale builder (2 episodes, 2011)
Glenn Coolen .... set designer (2 episodes, 2011)
Nick Tabone .... ship rigger (2 episodes, 2011)

Jeremy Agius .... painter (unknown episodes, 2010)
Lance Barney .... set dresser (unknown episodes, 2010)
Jeff Beanlands .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes, 2010)
Chris Brown .... props daily (unknown episodes, 2010)
Bill Burd .... property master (unknown episodes, 2010)
Tony Chance .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 2010)
Lino Chetcuti .... scenic painter/signwriter: Malta (unknown episodes, 2010)
Jason Clarke .... assistant art director (unknown episodes, 2010)
Gary Allen Ferguson .... assistant property master (unknown episodes, 2010)
Shane Gosse .... carpenter (unknown episodes, 2010)
Zane Knisely .... key whale builder (unknown episodes, 2010)
Kevin Lewis .... key scenic (unknown episodes, 2010)
Raymond MacDonald .... stand-by carpenter: gimbal unit (unknown episodes, 2010)
Colin Paul .... set decoration buyer (unknown episodes, 2010)
Marc Ridremont .... carpenter (unknown episodes, 2010)
Leonard Underwood .... painter (unknown episodes, 2010)
Tiffany Westwood .... art department production assistant (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Sound Department
Benjamin A. Rosenkind .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Lin Chang .... adr recordist: spanish (2 episodes, 2011)
Mario Hubert .... sound editor (2 episodes, 2011)

Adam Davidson .... adr recordist (unknown episodes, 2010)
Tim Hands .... dialogue/adr supervisor (unknown episodes, 2010)
Frank Kavanagh .... boom operator (unknown episodes, 2010)
Heiko Müller .... sound effects mixer / supervising sound designer (unknown episodes, 2010)
Roland Platz .... foley artist (unknown episodes, 2010)
Jim Rillie .... production sound mixer (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Special Effects by
Hauk Olafsson .... special effects technician (2 episodes, 2011)

Gary Coates .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes, 2010)
Roderick Pulis .... special effects technician (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Visual Effects by
Christian Burggraf .... systems engineer: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Nolan Conrad .... assistant visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2011)
Niko Conte .... simulation artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Sean Craig .... animation director (2 episodes, 2011)
Yves D'Incau .... simulation artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Marco Aurélio Engelmann Santos .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Frank Forrestall .... visual effects artist / matte painter (2 episodes, 2011)
Urs Franzen .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Christoph Gaudl .... matchmove supervisor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Andrea Geiger .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Dimitri Gross .... simulation artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Markus Hagemeier .... i/o coordinator: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Carla Heinzel .... simulation artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Marc Herzer .... modeler: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Finlay Hogg .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Oliver Hohn .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Timo Hyhs .... simulation artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Stefan Ihringer .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Harout Steve Kahwati .... cgi supervisor (2 episodes, 2011)
Barbara Keydel .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Ivo Klaus .... cg supervisor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Claudia Knorr .... modeler: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Meier Korbinian .... simulation artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Christian Kratzert .... animation: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Sebastian Küchmeister .... simulation artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Mitchel MacLatchie .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2011)
Dirk Matzkuhn .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Michel Mielke .... visual effects producer: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Walid Mouawad .... shading and lighting artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Paul Poetsch .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Shinichi Rembutsu .... simulation artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Thorsten Rolle .... animation: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Benjamin Ross .... matte painter: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Michael Scheffler .... systems engineer: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Roman Schmidt .... simulation artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Timo Schumacher .... cg supervisor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Tim Segulin .... senior compositor (2 episodes, 2011)
Tim Stern .... compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Mortimer Warlimont .... senior compositor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
José Manuel Weil .... shading and lighting artist: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Bjoern Wortmann .... i/o coordinator: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Kai Woytke .... compositing supervisor: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
Ismat Zaidi .... executive producer: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)

Jonathan Brayer .... compositor (uncredited (unknown episodes, 2010)
William E. Garrett .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes, 2010)
Ben Houston .... visual effects engineer (unknown episodes, 2010)
Joel LeLièvre .... digital effects artist (unknown episodes, 2010)
Chris MacIntosh .... visual effects artist (unknown episodes, 2010)
Yohan Wadia .... digital compositor (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Stunts
Morgan Chetcuti .... stunt double: Pip (1 episode, 2011)

Joel Harris .... stunt rigger (unknown episodes, 2010)
Lubomir Misak .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes, 2010)
Randy Boliver .... stunt safety assistant (unknown episodes)
Tomas Ereminas .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Tig Fong .... stunt rigger (unknown episodes)
Branislav Martinak .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Nikovich Sammut .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Le Blanc .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2011)
Jess MacGillivray .... best boy electric (2 episodes, 2011)
Gary Mitchell .... generator operator (2 episodes, 2011)

Chris Baxter .... dolly grip (unknown episodes, 2010)
Doug Betts .... key grip (unknown episodes, 2010)
Steve Burgess .... first assistant camera: action unit (unknown episodes, 2010)
Jonah Claener .... camera loader (unknown episodes, 2010)
Johnny Cochrane .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes, 2010)
Scott Cowan .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes, 2010)
Ben Goluch .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes, 2010)
Michael Jackson .... grip (unknown episodes, 2010)
Jim Jolliffe .... camera operator: action unit (unknown episodes, 2010)
John Preca Trapani .... camera loader (unknown episodes, 2010)
Paul Preca Trapani .... second assistant camera: action unit (unknown episodes, 2010)
Simon Richards .... director of photography: action unit (unknown episodes, 2010)
Jamie Ritchie .... first assistant camera: action unit (unknown episodes, 2010)
Ross Sangster .... best boy grip (unknown episodes, 2010)
Octavian Sotir .... second assistant camera: action unit (unknown episodes, 2010)
Robert Stecko .... camera operator: "a" camera (unknown episodes, 2010)
Andrew Stretch .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Casting Department
Sheila Lane .... casting (2 episodes, 2011)
Jeremy Zimmermann .... casting (2 episodes, 2011)

Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting (unknown episodes, 2010)
Stephanie Gorin .... casting (unknown episodes, 2010)
Edward Said .... casting (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Dunsworth .... costume assistant (2 episodes, 2011)

Carmen Agius .... set costumer (unknown episodes, 2010)
Ernest Camilleri .... costume supervisor: William Hurt (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Editorial Department
Ehren Davis .... first assistant editor (2 episodes, 2011)
Eva-Maria Jack .... post-production coordinator (2 episodes, 2011)

Maria Caruana Galizia .... second assistant editor (unknown episodes, 2010)
Chris MacIntosh .... second assistant editor (unknown episodes, 2010)
Andreas Minuth .... conforming editor (unknown episodes, 2010)
Meike Weimann .... colorist (unknown episodes, 2010)
Series Music Department
Peter Whitfield .... music associate (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Transportation Department
Kristin Arason .... driver: cast (2 episodes, 2011)
Rodney Dominey .... transport coordinator (2 episodes, 2011)
Emmanuel 'Manny' Taylor .... transport captain (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Other crew
Cora Balzan .... production secretary (2 episodes, 2011)
Chris Bonello .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
Michaela Braun .... production assistant: ScanlineVFX (2 episodes, 2011)
B.J. Dainard .... production accountant (2 episodes, 2011)
William Flower .... marine coordinator / animal wrangler coordinator / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
Charlie Galea .... co-marine coordinator / co-marine coordinator malta (2 episodes, 2011)
Elizabeth Garner .... script editor (2 episodes, 2011)
Lee Anne Gillan .... shipping coordinator (2 episodes, 2011)
David Hyslop .... location manager (2 episodes, 2011)
Adele MacDonald .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2011)
Valerie Pringle .... assistant to director (2 episodes, 2011)
Andrew Sheridan .... assistant location manager (2 episodes, 2011)
Heather Soper .... animal wrangler assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
Jon Sperry .... dialect coach for Charlie Cox (2 episodes, 2011)
Peter Anderson Studio .... title designer (2 episodes, 2011)
Maggie Thomas .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2011)

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43 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Not the best of Ahabs., 15 May 2011
Author: emmalsearle from Australia

I'm going to go out on a limb and say Moby Dick doesn't lend itself to film and TV adaptations. The tale is dramatic, it's action-packed, it's visual and it's exciting, but there's an awful lot in the original text that you have to leave out in order to film it coherently. Melville's book is encyclopedic. It tells you a lot about whales and whaling; the motivations of the whalers, the camaraderie on board, the mechanics of capturingand dissecting the largest animal in the ocean and extracting theuseful stuff that keeps America burning. This adaptation (and probably ANY adaptation) cuts to the chase, omitting these complex descriptions of whaling life in favour of characters and action, the meat and potatoes of Hollywood filmmaking. In doing so, it loses something of the quality of the story. It also loses the narrator: on TV, Ishmael, a witty and endearing narrator, becomes a one-dimensional protagonist, totally overshadowed by Ahab.

This is Ahab's film. William Hurt dominates every scene he appears in, and he appears in most of them. I'm convinced he's pulling out all the stops, aiming for an Emmy. I'm not sure how else to explain the hammy overacting, the grizzly beard, the cheesy dialogue delivered in a carefully cultivated "old salt" accent (ie. "aargh!" "aye!"). Hurt thinks he's playing Hamlet, and he wants Ahab's descent into madness to be central to the story.

Ahab is typically dark, cursed, scarred, traumatised, intimidating and vengeful. Hurt's Ahab is just plain crazy. He jokes around with his men, delivers many of his most serious lines while grinning through his beard and squinting his eyes. On board the Pequod, he's like everybody's affectionate but slightly volatile Grandpa, not averse to a hug or a bit of laugh over a stein of grog. He says too much, and much of it is hard to understand, delivered in a sing-song cadence with emphasis in unusual places. Oscillating between booming vocal projection of Shakespearean proportions and just plain talking to himself, and introspective mumbling in which he appears to be talking to himself, Hurt seems to be performing for his own benefit rather than for an audience. This is an attempt to indicate Ahab's madness in a way nobody else has done before, but it alienates the audience as well as his fellow actors, and it's just not good acting. He's a piratey caricature whose attempts at pathos are unpersuasive. I prefer Gregory Peck's intense, brooding Ahab. A good Ahab should indicate more than he actually says, a dark exterior concealing untold depths of turmoil and mystery - like the sea! Argh!

Ethan Hawke is a solid Starbuck, and a very human foil to Hurt's gruff, squinty captain. He's emotional, penetrative, and seriously worried about the fate of the ship. More than anyone else he embodies the atmosphere of impending doom that plagues the voyage, and his sense of mortality is a visibly heavy burden. When Starbuck says that what he wants most from the journey is "to see Nantucket again", you believe him. He's a homesick sailor. At that point, everything's beginning to go awry and we'd all like to see the Pequod turn around and go home. Starbuck's finest hour comes at the very end - I won't give anything away, but it's profoundly moving. Hawke's performance salvaged something of an otherwise perfunctory adaptation.

Moby himself is, of course, CGI. In short, like so many massive movie monsters, he doesn't look real. It's not bad CGI, but it's difficult to convey the sublime weightiness of such a vast, living creature with special effects. Moreover, Moby is no ordinary animal - he's an icon, with a personality and a sense of mischief. At it's heart, the story of a whale cheating a whaler is almost comic, with the feel of a fable. I wonder if an animation might capture the spirit of the character (Moby is a character!) more than live action film with CGI. For the most part, they do a pretty decent job of Moby, except for a totally unnecessary scene at the very end which is embarrassingly rudimentary and looks like a scene from a video game.

In summary, as a production it could be worse, but it didn't add anything to my experience of the story. I couldn't help feeling some of the actors involved (Donald Sutherland, Gillian Anderson, William Hurt) were simply trying to add another period piece to their CV's. They fulfilled the brief, but their performances were not memorable. Honourable mentions go to Eddie Marsan, who was an excellent Stubbs, and Billy Boyd who makes an impressive cameo as deranged prophet Elijah. There were some saving graces, but I'm yet to see an adaptation of Moby Dick that captures the spirit of the book. As nautical tales go, Peter Weir's Master and Commander gives a more vivid impression of life at sea.

This canonical story with the feel of a great myth is told and retold, so perhaps there is yet hope for a cinematic adaptation that does the book justice. No doubt someone will take another stab at Moby Dick in the not-too-distant future; pun absolutely intended.

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