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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 »

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Richard J. Lewis
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4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Won 4 Genies including Best Actor (Chaykin) and Best Original Song 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 »

Soundtracks

Guitar Voodoo
Written by K. Cowen, S. Roswell and P. Bain
Published by Momentum Music Ltd.
Masters: Situation Two/Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
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Definitely worth seeing
29 July 2010 | by mitchwexSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie 3 or 4 times, about every five years it seems, and enjoyed it immensely each time. Most recently it was on Bravo! channel coming just days after Maury Chaykin's passing.

The movie is worth seeing if only for Chaykin's performance, and for the beautiful music. The soundtrack is great on its own but hearing it in the context of the movie makes it that much better.

Chaykin was one of the greatest character actors and when you give him an oddball role such as this lead one, he brings it to life like no one else can. The irony of his performance, speaking for myself anyway, is that I feel the saddest for him at his happiest moment in the movie.

Judging from only 353 votes on IMDb, this movie needs more viewers!


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bálnák zenéje See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$39,129
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Ultra Stereo

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Color
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