Moby Dick (1998)


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Previous film versions of Moby Dick insisted upon including such imbecilities as romantic subplots and happy endings. John Huston's 1956 Moby Dick remains admirably faithful to its source. "Call me Ishmael" declares itinerant whaler Richard Basehart as the opening credits fade. Though slightly intimidated by the sermon delivered by Father Mapple (Orson Welles in a brilliant one-take cameo), who warns that those who challenge the sea are in danger of losing their souls, Ishmael nonetheless signs … More

Rating: PG (For mild language and for some intense whaling action/violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Anton Diether, Franc Roddam
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2001
Hallmark Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Moby Dick

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Effectively portrays the truth of Proverbs 16:18 - "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall" - to a new generation of youth.

Full Review… | March 2, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

November 24, 2004

July 24, 2003
Broomfield Enterprise

July 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Full Review… | September 10, 2001
Apollo Guide

Full Review… | September 18, 2002
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Moby Dick

As far as TV Movies are concerned, Moby Dick is a very good film. Nonetheless, it has its flaws, but for what it is, it's a good version of a classic tale. I've never read the book; nevertheless, this is still an entertaining film. Patrick Stewart gives a good performance here, and director Franc Roddam delivers a film that is entertaining. At times, the film is flawed, but what do you expect from a made for TV movie? For what it is, Moby Dick is a must see film, and despite its imperfections, I very much enjoyed this film. Now the adaptations of Moby Dick have been quite inferior, as I understand it, and I haven't seen them, but this adaptation is pure entertainment and high adventure. Though the film has its imperfections, this film has plenty to offer. If you're looking for a good adventure film, then this version of Moby Dick is the one to watch. Like I previously stated, the film is imperfect, but is definitely worth watching, and is a far better made for TV film than what is usually produced. This may appeal to fans of the novel, and anyone looking for a good above average film to watch. Not perfect, but it entertains you nonetheless. The reason the film does work well is the very good cast of actor who deliver on-screen. Of course the key performance belongs to Patrick Stewart who lights up the screen. With a cast like this, this version is a must see for Moby Dick fans.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Much better than I expected for a TV-movie. I'm one of the few people who've never read the book ( I must have skipped school that semester) or seen the Gregory Peck version, so I didn't know what to expect of the story. This held my attention throughout its 4 hour (commecial television) running time. Patrick Stewart was excellent as the whale-obsessed Ahab. Henry Thomas and the rest of the cast held their own. I particularly enjoyed Gregory Peck coming back to the fold as a minister of the Nantucket church. A well-done effort all around.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


A pretty decent stab at adapting the great american novel, Patrick Stewart flexes his RSC credentials with a typically intense portrayal of Ahab. Gregory Peck's cameo appearance in a supporting role only serves to remind you that Huston's version was better though.

xGary Xx

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