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Moby Dick (1956)

Unrated | | Adventure, Drama | 3 October 1956 (Portugal)
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

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Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
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Storyline

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obsession with a huge whale, Moby Dick. The whale caused the loss of Ahab's leg years before, leaving Ahab to stomp the boards of his ship on a peg leg. Ahab is so crazed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everything, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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The Man- The Whale- The Vengeance- The Mightiest Adventure Ever Seen "Never such a sight! Never such a might!"; "Captain Ahab The White Whale nearly destroyed him - and no one would rest till the White Whale was dead!"; "Ishmael Handsome, romantic - the look of a poet, the courage of a giant!"; "Starbuck He bet his fears and his faith against the fury of Captain Ahab!"; "Queequeg Cannibal-turned-harpooner - his fierce strength as strange as his mystic tattoo!"; "Father Mapple The blood-and-thunder preacher who roared his warnings to the waiting women!"; "Tashtego The silent Indian --- when hunting buffalo became too tame, he went after Moby Dick!"; "There Is No Might Like The Might Of Moby Dick!"; "Filmed with a spectacular new development in color by TECHNICOLO See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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3 October 1956 (Portugal)  »

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Herman Melville's Moby Dick  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Most of the filming took place in 1954, although the movie was not released until 1956. See more »

Goofs

Scenes shot on the deck of the ship have a background painted to look like the sky. Joints in the painted plywood sheets or canvas can be quite clearly seen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Dune/Starman/Mass Appeal/Runaway (1984) See more »

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Hill An' Gully Rider
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Absolutely Brilliant Adaptation
14 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very minor spoilers ahead.

John Huston did a fantastic job adapting Melville's masterpiece for film. Ray Bradbury did an excellent job adapting the dialogue and exposition from the novel for the film. he took giant and important chunks of essential dialogue, without needing to take up the extraneous scientific jargon or soliliqiues that are better suited for the printed page than the screen. He remains faithful to Melville's vision, and the important symbolism is there. It's a very difficult job, and Melville's novel is a very difficult book to adapt, but Bradbury, who apparently hadn't read the book before adapting it, did one hell of a job.

The actors are great, and it's a shame they didn't win any Oscars. Gregory Peck is excellent as the sullen, vengeance-driven Captain Aheab. He made the role his own, and knew when to be passionate and when to be calm and quiet. Some parts of the novel may seem wordy to viewers, but are important in conveying Melville's meaning, such as Father Mapple's sermon on man's obedience to God. If you have a short attention span, and only like action films that are short on substance, this movie is not for you. Everyone else must do themselves a favor and watch this classic. This is an adaptation for the ages.


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