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Moby Dick (1998)
Moby Dick
Actors: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Robin Cuming
Director: Franc Roddam
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television
PG     1998     3hr 0min

Patrick Stewart makes his entrance late into this telefilm, stringy hair hanging from under his three-cornered hat, his peg leg tapping out his arrival on deck. This Captain Ahab is a hard, driven man--you can see it in hi...  more »


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Actors: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Robin Cuming
Director: Franc Roddam
Creators: Franc Roddam, Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs, Anton Diether, Benedict Fitzgerald, Herman Melville
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television
Studio: Hallmark
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/18/1998
Original Release Date: 03/15/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 03/15/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 3hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 2/8/2023...
Pretty dry stuff that Patrick Stewart could not even save!
Aimee M. (AimeeM)
Reviewed on 2/12/2008...
Good version of this story, although it might be a bit graphic for kids.
Patrick Stewart makes a great Captain Ahab.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Bravo Patrick
Eric Pregosin | New Carrollton, Maryland United States | 01/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Once again Patrick Stewart shows us there is more to him than Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation. An excellent performance equal in caliber to the 1956 movie with Greg Peck (which is also on DVD now as I write this). By the way important note to Amazon staff and all other previous reviewers and anyone looking to buy this disc. When this disc originally got released soon after the telecast in 1998 on USA Network, it was packaged and labed at 145 minutes (that's 2 hours and 25 minutes) which gave the hint that the disc was edited. I just played mine in my player last night. When I hit the display button on my remote, I get a screen which counts the time on the disc up from 0 and next to it counts it down from the total time. The combined time of these countdowns is 3 HOURS. Which is what should be since it ran 4 hours on USA Network. That means the manufacturer made a mistake in announcing it at 145 minutes, so for those who are concerned that it was cut, relax it hasn't been."
Great for High School English Students
Jefferson T. Packer | Taos, NM | 11/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Note: This review is by a high school English Teacher.

When the time came for my students to see a film version of "Moby Dick," I bought both the 1950's film and this one on DVD. After watching both of them carefully, I decided that this newer offering would have much more appeal to my students than the older film.

I seem to have been right, and I think it is safe to say that the 1950's film can now be retired, except for film buffs and the curious.

I especially liked the fact that the American Indian and South Sea Island characters in this film were actually played by people who appear to be part of those societies. In the 1950's film, they are played by what looks to be white factory workers from upstate New York wearing lots of makeup. This would have been very annoying and distracting to my diverse group of students.

As for other reviewers' comments about Patrick Stewart's performance, my feeling is that he nailed it. As Starbuck says, "to seek revenge against a dumb brute that only bit thee out of blindest instinct is blasphemy..." Ahab is someone who sees the idea of resigning oneself to a negative twist of fate as repellant. He is someone who would rather burn to a crisp than ask a higher power for rain. The thing that drives him isn't just obsession; it is rebellion against the infinite.

In psychological terms, Ahab gave all of his power to the whale, and enslaved his life and destiny to it when it was not rationally necessary for him to do so. He is like a small child who has had his lollipop taken away, and who has thrown himself on the floor, absolutely determined to be inconsolable by anything or anyone. Stewart captures that aspect of Ahab perfectly, and it led to some very constructive paper writing and classroom discussion.

I only withhold the fifth star because I wish this film was a longer "Director's Cut" version, covering more of the book than it currently does."
Wonderful, adventure on the high seas
Danielle Muller | Sailing, sailing o'er the deep blue sea :) | 03/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Eversince my dad bought this movie four years ago, I have been hooked. Hookline and sinker. It is a wonderful, emotional movie that leaves you dreading the moment that it will come to an end.

Captain Ahab(Patrick Stewart)is a man that is waging a constant war with his inner demons eversince the day that his leg was bit off by his arch Nemesis Moby Dick. Believing Moby Dick to be satan in disguise, and he, Ahab, Gods own avenger against such a creature. Ahab charters a ship, whose crew must unknowinly follow Ahab on his journey through the hellish darkness of his madness.

There is one man who dares to defy the utter madness of Ahab, and that is Starbuck(Ted Levine) who pleads with Ahab to forgo his passion for revenge. The Quaker in him being struck senseless by such a blasphemous outrage against God and nature.
It is a mariners tale of men against nature, and forces that he cannot, and should not try and control. It is a story of how deep one man's madness can influence others. It is a tale of one's man desire to become a god, to hold the life and death of a scant few people in the palm of his hand.

But his madness does not lead him to glory, or even the menial triumph of his victory. Instead, it leads him and his crew to a watery grave, Ahabs lust for revenge nothing more than a death sentance for those that needed not die. A wonderful, but sad movie nevertheless. The music also gives it depths that could probally be not achieved otherwise. Definitaly a must see."