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A Canadian production shot along the British Columbia coast, this is the story of a washed-up rock star who finds redemption. It was adapted for the screen by Paul Quarrington from his own award-winning novel. Desmond Howl (Maury Chaykin) is a faded music superstar who now lives a hermit's life in an out-of-the-way oceanside mansion. Living off residuals from previous hits, Howl spends all his time and energy in his state-of-the-art home recording studio trying to compose whale music. He hopes to write a symphonic piece, using the whales' own sounds, that will have the power to summon the marine mammals from the depths. Howl is haunted by hallucinations and nightmares involving his brother Paul, who recently died, apparently by his own hand. Howl also has to deal with his ex-wife, who meddles in his affairs. He manages to shut out these interferences until a young runaway arrives at his doorstep. Claire Lowe (Cyndy Preston) gradually captures the jaded musician's heart with her need for caring, and their relationship becomes a metaphor for the tender music Howl is trying to create. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi


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Genie Awards Irving Mulch Best Sound Editing 1994 Winner
Genie Awards Marti Richa Best Sound Editing 1994 Winner
Genie Awards Paul Quarrington Best Adapted Screenplay 1994 Nominee
Genie Awards Shane Shemko Best Sound Editing 1994 Winner
Genie Awards Bill Sheppard Best Sound 1994 Winner
Genie Awards Maury Chaykin Best Actor 1994 Winner
Genie Awards Richard J. Lewis Best Director 1994 Nominee
Genie Awards Richard J. Lewis Best Adapted Screenplay 1994 Nominee
Genie Awards Daryl Powell Best Sound 1994 Winner
Genie Awards Dean Giammarco Best Sound 1994 Winner
Genie Awards George Blondheim Best Score 1994 Nominee


Maury Chaykin
as Desmond Howl
Cyndy Preston
as Claire Lowe
Jennifer Dale
as Fay Ginzburg-Howl
Kenneth Welsh
as Kenneth Sexston
Paul Gross
as Daniel Howl
Blu Mankuma
as Mookie Saunders
Paul Quarrington
as Pete the Bartender
Roman Podhora
as Prison Guard
Deborah Duchene
as Bobby Sue
Suzanne Ristic
as Monty's Wife
Janne Mortil
as Star


Richard J. Lewis
Laurence Horricks
Raymond Massey
Steven Denure
Paul Quarrington
Paul Quarrington
Book Author
Richard J. Lewis
Craig Ibbotson
George Blondheim
Composer (Music Score)
Daryl Powell
Musical Direction/Supervision
Rex Raglan
Production Designer
Charles Leitrants
Art Director
Eric Norlen
Associate Producer
Robert Lantos
Executive Producer
Toni Burroughs-Rutter
Costume Designer
Bill Sheppard
Sound/Sound Designer
Dean Giammarco
Sound/Sound Designer
Daryl Powell
Sound/Sound Designer
John Buchan
Irving Mulch
Sound Editor
Marti Richa
Sound Editor
Shane Shemko
Sound Editor

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