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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Henry Thomas ...  Ishmael 2 episodes, 1998
Bruce Spence ...  Elijah 2 episodes, 1998
Hugh Keays-Byrne ...  Mr. Stubb 2 episodes, 1998
Robin Cuming Robin Cuming ...  Peter Coffin 2 episodes, 1998
Shane Connor ...  Mr. Flask 2 episodes, 1998
Patrick Stewart ...  Captain Ahab 2 episodes, 1998
Piripi Waretini Piripi Waretini ...  Queequeg 2 episodes, 1998
Vivianne Benton Vivianne Benton ...  Sal Coffin 2 episodes, 1998
Dominic Purcell ...  Bulkington 2 episodes, 1998
Norman Yemm Norman Yemm ...  Carpenter 2 episodes, 1998
Michael Jackson ...  Shantyman 2 episodes, 1998
Warren Owens Warren Owens ...  Cook 2 episodes, 1998
Norman D. Golden II ...  Little Pip 2 episodes, 1998
Harold Hopkins ...  Captain Peleg 2 episodes, 1998
John Lee ...  Captain Bildad 2 episodes, 1998
Ted Levine ...  Starbuck 2 episodes, 1998
Gregory Peck ...  Father Mapple 2 episodes, 1998
Matthew E. Montoya Matthew E. Montoya ...  Tashtego 2 episodes, 1998
Michael Edward-Stevens Michael Edward-Stevens ...  Dagoo 2 episodes, 1998
Chris Graham ...  Perth 2 episodes, 1998
Apirana Taylor Apirana Taylor ...  Dough Boy 2 episodes, 1998
Kee Chan ...  Fedallah 2 episodes, 1998
Bill Hunter ...  Captain Boomer 2 episodes, 1998
Peter Sumner ...  Captain Gardiner 2 episodes, 1998
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Storyline

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 John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and for some intense whaling action/violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Gregory Peck previously played Captain Ahab in Moby Dick (1956). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Queequeg: Ishmael, what is soul?
Ishmael: Soul? Well, that's a difficult question. Do you believe in God? Like a big chief over all men?
Queequeg: Like Ojo?
Ishmael: Well, I reckon so, but bigger than that, like a captain of the sun.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Version of Moby Dick (1978) See more »

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South Australia
Traditional
[Sung by sailors as they swab the deck]
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Beautiful Rendition of a Classic
8 April 2001 | by Little MinxSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

15 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moby Dick See more »

Filming Locations:

Point Cook, Victoria, Australia

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (3 episodes)

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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