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Director:
Writers:
Herman Melville (novel)
Ray Bradbury (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 June 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and the sea! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Calls you to the sea again... See more (110 total) »

Cast

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Gregory Peck ... Captain Ahab

Richard Basehart ... Ishmael

Leo Genn ... Starbuck

James Robertson Justice ... Captain Boomer

Harry Andrews ... Stubb

Bernard Miles ... The Manxman
Noel Purcell ... Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor ... Daggoo
Mervyn Johns ... Peleg
Joseph Tomelty ... Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff ... Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton ... Bildad

Royal Dano ... 'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly ... Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)

Orson Welles ... Father Mapple
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tamba Allenby ... Pip (uncredited)
Tom Clegg ... Tashtego (uncredited)
Mandy Harper ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Ted Howard ... Perth (uncredited)

John Huston ... Barman / Ship's Lookout (voice) (uncredited)
A.L. Bert Lloyd ... Lead shantyman (and shanty adviser) (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Revoicing (uncredited)
Iris Tree ... Bible Woman (uncredited)
Carol White ... Young Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
Herman Melville (novel "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale")

Ray Bradbury (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay)

Norman Corwin  uncredited

Produced by
John Huston .... producer
Lee Katz .... associate producer (as Lehman Katz)
Jack Clayton .... associate producer (uncredited)
Vaughan N. Dean .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Philip Sainton 
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Russell Lloyd 
 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Drake (uncredited)
Stephen Drake (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Haffenden 
 
Makeup Department
Charles E. Parker .... makeup creator (as Charles Parker)
 
Production Management
Cecil F. Ford .... production manager (uncredited)
Gerry Mitchell .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Martin .... assistant director
Kevin McClory .... assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Price .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stephen B. Grimes .... assistant art director (as Stephen Grimes)
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Babs Gray .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Alfred Kirschner .... post-synchronization director (uncredited)
Alex Pront .... sound (uncredited)
Len Shilton .... sound (uncredited)
Hugh Strain .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
George Blackwell .... special effects (uncredited)
Augie Lohman .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Robert Clarke .... technical advisor: whale model (uncredited)
Charles E. Parker .... technical advisor: whale model (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Francis .... director of photography: second unit
Arthur Ibbetson .... camera operator
Ray Andrew .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Dennis Bartlett .... title photographer (uncredited)
Steve Birtles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Frank Ellis .... camera operator (uncredited)
Freddie Francis .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ernst Haas .... additional stills photography (uncredited)
George Higgins .... still photographer (uncredited)
Martin O'Connor .... key grip (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer: special publicity photographs (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... focus puller (uncredited)
Reg Pope .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Paul Wilson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Babs Gray .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Steimer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harold V. King .... recordist (as Harold King)
Louis Levy .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... driver: generator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Clarke .... technical advisor on whaling
John Huston .... color style creator
Oswald Morris .... color style creator
Angela Allen .... continuity (uncredited)
John Breslin .... dialect advisor (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Herman Melville's Moby Dick" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 (1986) | Finland:K-16 (1956) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1956) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) (1994) (2004) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #17465) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The character of Peter Coffin, the innkeeper, played by Joseph Tomelty, was dubbed by director John Huston.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then harpooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a crewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining boats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whaleboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ishmael:[voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
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Soundtrack:
Blood Red RosesSee more »

FAQ

The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
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33 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Calls you to the sea again..., 13 November 2002
Author: MISSMARCH from Canada

This is a film that becomes part of you. I used to watch it over and over again on TV when it was shown during my childhood in the 1960's, and I never tire of watching it. And whenever I find myself living somewhere away from the ocean, the longing is intense to find water again. "Call me Ishmael".

The screenplay was written by Ray Bradbury, and it was his first. In his lectures and interviews, Bradbury always seems to tell the story of how John Huston contacted him out of the blue for this assignment. Evidently, he flew Bradbury and his wife to Ireland, where the science fiction writer was holed up in a hotel for a few weeks, in a wonderful agony of creation.

Bradbury has always been enamoured with classic novels. His book "Fahrenheit 451" told us how great literature somehow becomes subversive, in a controlled society. Under fascism, individuals are not encouraged to understand what it is to be truly human. Life becomes flat, and it is a deliberate process.

Before I had a VCR, I taped this movie on an audio cassette. It was an amazing experience to see it unfold in my mind's eye.

Bradbury put his whole heart into this screenplay, and the result can never be matched.

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