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.
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 »
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, Queequeg.Written by
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As Ishmael enters the church (around 25:30), the congregation is singing the hymn "Eternal Father, Strong To Save", a song which was not written until 1860 or 61. See more »
Sir, I must request that you put your foreign boys to work. Them sitting idle is affecting the morale. Did you not hear me, Captain?
They are not here as shipkeepers, Mr. Starbuck, or for any other purpose. They are here to find and slay the white whale.
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The European theatrical release version runs 120 minutes (about an hour from the original TV version was cut). This version is available on home video in the U.S. See more »
TV movies are often flat and rushed. Not this one!
Patrick Stewart is amazing as Ahab. The actor slowly disappears and before our very eyes emerges a true monster -- a man who knows what he is doing and could stop himself, but does not. This is the real horror and tragedy of Ahab. It is also our own horror and tragedy because we all have within us what drives Ahab -- namely, pride and ego.
The FX are grand and the cast is excellent. It is a truly worthy re-make of the enduring classic.
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