The Whale

The Whale

DVD - 2015
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Elderly Tom Nickerson recalls how, in 1819, he went to sea as cabin boy on the whaler 'The Essex', leaving Nantucket. Its recently promoted captain George Pollard is a kindly man, unlike first mate Owen Chase and Tom notes their mutual animosity though, inspired by tales from his grandfather, envisages life at sea as romantic. A storm and a food shortage puncture his illusions but spirits are raised when a whale is sighted and caught. However some two months later another whale attacks and sinks the ship - in what Tom believes to be an act of revenge - and the crew take to the long-boats. Chase overrules Pollard in deciding that, rather than risk cannibals on the nearby Society Islands, they make the gruelling 2,000 mile journey to Peru. Ninety days later only five of the crew are rescued, the others either dead or never found.
Publisher: [United States] : BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2015.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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JackamoJames
Mar 04, 2016

not riveting but interesting. okay tv type timewaster

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danomcd
Apr 28, 2015

Just an okay movie. Some of the scenes of the whale under the water were amazing but the rest of the movie was pretty boring. Even though it is based on a true story I found the lost at sea part very hard to believe.

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