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Whale Music (1994)

Shot around the breathtaking coastline of B.C.'s Howe Sound, Whale Music is the triumphant adaptation of Paul Quarringaton's Governor General's Award-winning novel about the redemption of a... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maury Chaykin ... Desmond Howl
Cynthia Preston ... Claire Lowe (as Cyndy Preston)
Paul Gross ... Daniel Howl
Jennifer Dale ... Fay Ginzburg-Howl
Kenneth Welsh ... Kenneth Sexstone
Blu Mankuma ... Mookie Saunders
Alan Jordan Alan Jordan ... Sal Goneau
Tom Lavin Tom Lavin ... Monty Mann
Jim Byrnes ... Dewey Moore
Deborah Duchene ... Bobby Sue
Paul Quarrington Paul Quarrington ... Pete the Bartender
Janne Mortil ... Star
Suzanne Ristic Suzanne Ristic ... Monty's Wife
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ... Prison Guard
Sherri Wong Sherri Wong ... Groupie
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Shot around the breathtaking coastline of B.C.'s Howe Sound, Whale Music is the triumphant adaptation of Paul Quarringaton's Governor General's Award-winning novel about the redemption of a faded rock star through love and music. Richard J. Lewis' exploration of the reclusive musician's efforts to create a piece of music that will summon the whales is a sensory and emotional tour de force. Written by Vancouver Film Festival, Handbook

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Love takes you places you never expected to go. See more »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bálnák zenéje See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$39,129
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

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Color
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Won 4 Genies including Best Actor (Chaykin) and Best Original Song See more »

Quotes

Fay: This girl looks under age, Des. Could mean prison.
Desmond: That seems a heavy price to pay for a youthful appearance.
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in end credits: The Mackie 24 Channel 8 Bus Console used by "Desmond" offers full MIDI automation from the computer screen using virtual faders, but is not physically automated as seen in the film. See more »

Soundtracks

Song Of Danger
Composed and Written by Rheostatics
Performed by Rheostatics
Produced by Michael Phillip-Wojewoda
Engineered by Tom Heron
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wonderful Maury Chaykin
15 November 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Desmond Howl (Maury Chaykin) was once upon a time in a hit band called "The Howl Brothers" back in the 60s to the 80s. He is now a confused recluse obsessed with making music for whales. He is haunted by his brother Daniel (Paul Gross)'s death and his ex-wife Fay Ginzburg-Howl (Jennifer Dale)'s cheating. Claire Lowe (Cynthia Preston) is a drifter who breaks into the seemingly abandoned mansion. They are both troubled and help each other.

Maury Chaykin is simply wonderful. His performance is charming and funny. Cyndy Preston is beautiful and compelling. Her character as the beautiful young muse is a bit too cliché. Otherwise this is a great movie. It also features the Rheostatics pop hit Claire which is fitting of Brian Wilson inspired movie.


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