Moby Dick (1998)
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Critic Reviews for Moby Dick
Director Roddam gives it a good shot -- a noble attempt to bring awe and the unknowable to the small screen. That, combined with Stewart's full-force-gale acting, gives this Dick a lift it would otherwise lack.
Baptizing harpoons with blood and rum, Stewart embodies the mystique and madness of command. His craziness -- "I'd strike the sun if it insulted me!" -- is Greco-Elizabethan.
There are moments on this unsteady ship, as well, when it's clear that the Pequod is carrying more than a cargo of whale. There's ham aboard, too, and plenty to go 'round.
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.
Patrick Stewart is a wonderfully crazed Captain Ahab.
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.
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