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 »
Ishmael, what is soul?
Soul? Well, that's a difficult question. Do you believe in God? Like a big chief over all men?
Well, I reckon so, but bigger than that, like a captain of the sun.
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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 »
[Sung by sailors as they swab the deck] See more »
Beautiful Rendition of a Classic
When I sat down to watch a new version of an old classic, I was not quite certain what to expect,particularly from a TV movie. Having seen some of the names listed in the cast, I was hopeful. Happily, I was not disappointed. Not only was the acting superb, but the cinematography was beautiful and the soundtrack stirring.
Patrick Stewart was quite compelling as Ahab and his rendering of a man possessed by his inner demons was excellent. However, it was Ted Levine's Starbuck who truly stole the show. He said more with just a glance than most actors can with an entire dialogue. One truly felt his emotional and spiritual turmoil. Hopefully this very fine actor will have more roles of this caliber in the future that are worthy of his talent.
The rest of the cast was excellent as well. All in all, a very enjoyable viewing experience and a movie I will return to again and again.
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