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Moby Dick 

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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Series cast summary:
William Hurt ...  Captain Ahab 2 episodes, 2011
Ethan Hawke ...  Starbuck 2 episodes, 2011
Charlie Cox ...  Ishmael 2 episodes, 2011
Eddie Marsan ...  Stubb 2 episodes, 2011
Gillian Anderson ...  Elizabeth 2 episodes, 2011
Billy Boyd ...  Elijah 2 episodes, 2011
Raoul Max Trujillo ...  Queequeg 2 episodes, 2011
Daniyah Ysrayl ...  Pip 2 episodes, 2011
James Gilbert ...  Steelkilt 2 episodes, 2011
Matthew Lemche ...  Flask 2 episodes, 2011
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ...  Tashtego 2 episodes, 2011
Onyekachi Ejim Onyekachi Ejim ...  Dagoo 2 episodes, 2011
Gary Levert Gary Levert ...  Perth 2 episodes, 2011
Richard Donat ...  Inn Landlord 2 episodes, 2011
Sandy MacLean Sandy MacLean ...  Quaker Preacher 2 episodes, 2011
Glen Matthews Glen Matthews ...  Tom 2 episodes, 2011
Stephen McHattie ...  Rachel Captain 2 episodes, 2011
Donald Sutherland ...  Father Mapple 2 episodes, 2011


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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Release Date:

1 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »


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$25,500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Cast member Gillian Anderson first came to fame playing Dana Scully on the TV series The X-Files (1993). It was mentioned several times throughout the run of the series that Scully and her family were big fans of Herman Melville's book 'Moby Dick': her nickname for her Naval officer father was "Captain Ahab;" his nickname for her was "Starbuck;" and her dog, which she named Queequeg, was, like its namesake, also an eater of humans (the dog ate the body of its previous owner). See more »


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something's fishy (and it's the weird mix of genres)
13 May 2018 | by omgitsjaclynSee all my reviews

Disclaimer- anything would be sufficiently entertaining at 4 am, which is incidentally when i watched this.

so. you meet Ishmael; you like Ishmael. he's wide-eyed and kinda naive (yet adorable), so you expect character development. it never comes. he seems to get more naive as time passes, somehow, and it's irritating. he also experiences two whole emotions, these being (1) vaguely apprehensive (2) mildly confused. he's cute at first; then he's just stupid.

ahab is doing The Most and has a weird crush (?) on Ishmael. actually everybody has a huge crush on Ishmael, which is entirely valid but also kind of hilarious.

Starbuck is actually really good (even though he's 12 times more subtle than everyone else, which kinda stands out). You feel for him. He made me cry and I'm not a crier. now im crying again.

They occasionally show the very cute friendship between Ish, Queequeg, Dagoo (whom i love), and Tashtego but it's not developed much and is really only proven by a prolonged group cuddle session (which is not in itself a bad thing). speaking of, where's the We Are Married scene? just saying.

pip is adorable and sweet and i love him.

there is gratuitous cgi whale. meh.

there are pacing issues. you're like, "okay we're on day 1 of the voyage" and then they're like No It's Been 13 Months Somehow. like, I understand that you have to skip Ishmael's whale anatomy lectures from the book but there's some ~critical~ stuff that they shouldn't have left out (like character development! and the sperm squeezing scene (squeeze! squeeze! squeeze! all morning long). and the queeshmael cuddle sesh. ooh, also the whale penis coat. what a nice book).

this could have worked with more than two parts and somebody on standby to tell Hurt to chill. there's a lot of plots that are started and never finished satisfactorily (ex. Mrs Ahab's storyline). But maybe i'm just a purist. idk. it was a decent reason not to sleep.

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