Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Gregory Peck
Director: John Huston Cast: Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
, Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
, Leo Genn
Leo Genn
John Huston

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Overview

Previous film versions of Moby Dick insisted upon including such imbecilities as romantic subplots and happy endings. John Huston's 1956 Moby Dick remains admirably faithful to its source. "Call me Ishmael" declares itinerant whaler Richard Basehart as the opening credits fade. Though slightly intimidated by the sermon delivered by Father Mapple (Orson Welles in a brilliant one-take cameo), who warns that those who challenge the sea are in danger of losing their souls, Ishmael nonetheless signs on to the Pequod, a whaling ship captained by the brooding, one-legged Ahab (Gregory Peck). For lo these many years, Ahab has been engaged in an obsessive pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale to whom he lost his leg. Ahab's dementia spreads throughout the crew members, who maniacally join their captain in his final, fatal attack upon the elusive, enigmatic Moby Dick. Screenwriter Ray Bradbury masterfully captures the allegorical elements in the Herman Melville original without sacrificing any of the film's entertainment value (Bradbury suffered his own "great white whale" in the form of director Huston, who sadistically ran roughshod over the sensitive author throughout the film).Cinematographer Oswald Morris' washed-out color scheme brilliantly underlines the foredoomed bleakness of the story. Moby Dick's one major shortcoming is its obviously artificial whale-but try telling a real whale to stay within camera range and hit its marks.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2015
UPC: 0738329163525
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Sales rank: 289

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Capt. Ahab
Richard Basehart Ishmael
Leo Genn Starbuck
Harry Andrews Stubb
Seamus Kelly Flask
Orson Welles Father Mapple
Mervyn Johns Peleg
Bernard Miles Manxman
Tom Clegg Tashtego
Noel Purcell Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor Daggoo
Philip Stainton Bildad
Francis de Wolff Capt. Gardner
Royal Dano Elijah
Frederick Ledebur Queequeg
Christopher Lee Actor
Joan Plowright Actor
James Robertson Justice Capt. Boomer
Joseph Tomelty Peter Coffin

Technical Credits
John Huston Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ray Bradbury Screenwriter
Ralph W. Brinton Art Director
Robert Clarke Consultant/advisor
Vaughan N. Dean Producer
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Stephen B. Grimes Art Director
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Russell Lloyd Editor
Jack Martin Asst. Director
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Charles Parker Makeup
Charles Parks Makeup
Philip Stainton Score Composer
Herman Melville Source Author

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