Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World

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Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World
Distributed by Steeplechase Films
Directed by Ric Burns
Produced by Bonnie Lafave
Mary Recine
Robin Espinola
Ric Burns
Written by Ric Burns
Narrated by Willem Dafoe
Music by Brian Keane
Cinematography Buddy Squires
Paul Goldsmith
Editing by Li-Shin Yu
Language English
Release date
  • May 10, 2010 (2010-05-10)
Running time 120 minutes

Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World is a two hour documentary by Ric Burns about the history of the whaling industry in the United States.

A film chronicling the American whaling industry from its origins in New England in the 17th century, through the golden age of deep-sea whaling, up to its decline following the Civil War. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this film binds the story of American capitalism on the rise with a case study in maritime culture. The fate of the whaleship Essex—which set sail from Nantucket in the summer of 1819—is interwoven with the story of a young Herman Melville, whose own imaginative voyage into the deep would give rise to one of the greatest works of American literature, Moby Dick.

Other voices heard in the film include Robert Sean Leonard as Herman Melville, Josh Hamilton as Owen Chase & Peleg Folger and Vincent Kartheiser as Thomas Nickerson.

List of Awards and Nominations[edit]

31st News & Documentary Emmy Awards (2010) - Outstanding Nonfiction Series (nominated) [1]
History Makers Nomination Best History Production
International Documentary Association Awards Nomination


The documentary's original soundtrack, composed by Brian Keane, was released by Valley Entertainment on CD and in digital formats.[2]


  1. ^ "Nominees for the 31st Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards". Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 

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