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Moby Dick

Moby Dick
Ethan Hawke, William Hurt in "Moby Dick" (photo © Jan Betke/TMG)

Nantucket. The little island off the east coast of the United States is the capital of American whaling in 1850. Sailors, traders, harpooners – they all hope to make big money on land or on a whaler – and if not, then at least to have big adventures. One of them is Ishmael, who wanders through the bustling harbor in search of a whaling boat that will take him out to sea. Together with the homeless boy Pip and the fear-inspiring Polynesian harpooner Queequeg, he signs on as a crewmember of the Pequod.

The commander of the whale boat is the charismatic, some would say despotic, Captain Ahab, an experienced seaman and whale hunter who lost his leg several years earlier in a struggle with the gigantic white sperm whale Moby Dick. Now he is obsessed with taking revenge on the legendary creature. Neither his long-suffering wife nor his crew suspect the true extent of his obsessive thirst for vengeance. Only Starbuck, the First Mate of the Pequod, a very religious and level-headed man, fears that this journey will not be a regular whale-catching expedition...


Mike Barker has worked with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. He directed the film noir Best Laid Plans (1998) with Academy Award®-winner Reese Witherspoon, and cast Academy Award®-winner Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson in the adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s A Good Woman (2004), as well as Pierce Brosnan in Butterfly on a Wheel (2007). Before Moby Dick, he directed the TV two-parter The Sea Wolf (2009) with Sebastian Koch, Neve Campbell, Stephen Campbell-Moore and Tim Roth. Roth also starred in Barker’s production of the historical drama To Kill a King (2003), which was shown in competition at the film festivals of Emden, Moscow and Montreal. Barker made his directing debut in the first season of Silent Witness, the internationally successful and popular crime series starring Amanda Burton, followed by the mini-series The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, an adaptation of the novel by Anne Bronte. The costume drama broke through classical genre conventions and subsequently influenced many other directors.
Genre Adventure, Literature, Drama
Category Mini-Series
Year of Production 2010
Director Mike Barker
Screenplay Nigel Williams
Cinematography Richard Greatrex
Dean Soltys
Richard G. Mitchell
Rob Gray
Cast Donald Sutherland, Billy Boyd, Eddie Marsan, Gillian Anderson, Charlie Cox, Ethan Hawke, William Hurt
Producers Herbert G. Kloiber, Rikolt von Gagern
Production Company Tele München/Munich, in co-production with Gate Film/Munich
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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