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Whale Music (1994)

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 »


Richard J. Lewis

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


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Bálnák zenéje See more »


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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Maury Chaykin won a Gemini for Best Supporting Actor. 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 »


Written by Bif Naked and John Dexter
Performed by Bif Naked
Published by Tay-Kar Music/John Dexter Music - SOCAN
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A Moving Experience
22 June 2001 | by Nosmo_King_1975See 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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