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Moby Dick

  • Drama
  • 1956
  • John Huston
  • 110 mins
  • PG

Summary

Adventure based on Herman Melville's classic novel, starring Gregory Peck and Richard Basehart. In 1840, a young sailor joins the whaling ship Pequod, whose captain, Ahab, is obsessively searching for the monstrous white whale that took off his leg.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

John Huston's long-cherished adaptation of Herman Melville's novel has some wonderful scenes but must be counted as a noble failure. The great white whale always looks phoney; it performed badly in high seas off the coasts of Ireland and the Canaries, pushing the budget through the roof. In addition, Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab is miscast, completely lacking the required demonic presence. Wags at the time joked that Orson Welles, who plays Father Mapple, should have played the whale, while Peck himself thought that Huston should have played Ahab. However, Peck was persuaded to take on the Father Mapple role in the 1998 TV movie version, starring Patrick Stewart as Ahab.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain AhabGregory Peck
IshmaelRichard Basehart
StarbuckLeo Genn
Father MappleOrson Welles
QueequegFriedrich Ledebur
StubbHarry Andrews
ManxmanBernard Miles
PelegMervyn Johns
CarpenterNoel Purcell
Captain BoomerJames Robertson-Justice
DaggooEdric Connor
FlaskSeamus Kelly
BildadPhilip Stainton
Peter CoffinJoseph Tomelty
ElijahRoyal Dano
Captain GardinerFrancis De Wolff
PipTamba Alleney
BlacksmithTed Howard
TashtegoTom Clegg

Crew

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DirectorJohn Huston

Details

Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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