Moby Dick (1998 miniseries)
by Herman Melville
|Screenplay by||Anton Diether|
|Directed by||Franc Roddam|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Executive producer(s)||Robert Halmi Sr.|
Francis Ford Coppola
|Running time||180 minutes|
|Production company(s)||American Zoetrope, Nine Network Australia,|
|Budget||US $20 million|
|Original network||USA Network|
|Original release||March 15 –|
Moby Dick is a 1998 American television miniseries based on Herman Melville's 1851 novel of the same name. It was filmed in Australia in 1997 and first released in the United States in 1998. The miniseries consisted of two episodes, each running two hours with commercials on March 15 and 16 of 1998 on the USA Network.
Ishmael is a young sailor who joins the crew of the whaling ship Pequod; Captain Ahab is in charge of Pequod. Queequeg meets Ishmael at a motel and joins Ishmael in his whaling journey.
Ahab rejects the repeated pleas of Starbuck to stop chasing Moby Dick because the ship is operating at a loss and the quest for the sperm whale could end in everyone's death. Queequeg engages in passive resistance by completely refusing to do any work on the ship and throws down his harpoon.
At the end, Ahab dies in his attempt to kill Moby Dick. The whaling ship sinks.
Cast and crew
- Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab
- Henry Thomas as Ishmael
- Gregory Peck as Father Mapple
- Ted Levine as Starbuck
- Bruce Spence as Elijah
- Hugh Keays-Byrne as Mr. Stubb
- Piripi Waretini as Queequeg
- Dominic Purcell as Bulkington
- Norman D. Golden II as Little Pip
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- Awards, IMDb.com