The true story that inspired Herman Melville to write "Moby Dick" comes to the screen in this British telefilm about an 1820 incident at sea. When a gigantic sperm whale collides with The Essex in the Southeast Pacific, the brutish catastrophe sinks the whaling vessel and leaves eight surviving crew members to endure physical and mental torments for months before their rescue. Charles Furness, Adam Rayner, and Martin Sheen star. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.