Moby Dick

Moby Dick


Herman Melville’s classic tale comes to life like never before in this suspenseful and thrilling new adaption. Welcome aboard the Pequod, a Nantucket whaling ship under the dubious command of Captain Ahab, a man obsessed with vengeance against a menacing beast that not only stole the lives of his former crew but continues to haunt him from the sea. “Moby Dick” takes you on an epic journey into the deepest waters of the ocean—and the furthest reaches of sanity—in pursuit of the legendary white whale.

Dove Review

“Moby Dick” is a powerful story about vengeance, or what really happens to those who want it. Captain Ahab lost a leg to the great white whale and now he wants his revenge. In fact, he is driven by it. He drives his men with sayings like, “Death to Moby Dick!” Not even his first mate, Starbuck, thinks he is right in the head after a while, but Ahab manages to hold on to his captain’s reigns, even to the point of endangering the crew.

William Hurt plays an obsessed Ahab, making the comment at one point when the whale attacks, “That’s our boy, isn’t he the very devil?” Although this film features several dramatic scenes and William Hurt’s excellent performance, it also contains several utterances of strong language. There are also a few violent scenes with blood as well as male rear nudity, and, therefore, we are not able to award “Moby Dick” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Lots of language including "J" uttered several times as well as a lot of "H" utterances; "D", "D*mn you" comments; "Go straight to H," and other uses of strong language; racist uses the word "ni--er" and a man tells him not to use the word again.
Violence: Man is seen whipping a black boy but he is stopped; whale is harpooned and blood is spurted; men fall a distance and are hurt; men fight and both have blood with one having a very bloody face; cutting up of a whale; blood on man's shirt from cutting up whale; gun is held on character; boats are hit by whale and a large ship; man harpoons whale and the whale carries him below the water.
Drugs: Lots of drinking including characters drinking from flasks; brandy; comments about drinking; a lot of scenes featuring pipe smoking.
Nudity: Shirtless men; rear male nudity in a couple of scenes; man spits.
Other: Man says he would anger God with a pretense of worship; tension and disagreements between several characters; the death of several men.


Company: Cinedigm
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 184 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter