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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 »
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(358 articles)
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"Moby Dick" Huston's Masterpiece See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)

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

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Trivia:
The ship captained by Captain Boomer (James Robertson Justice) is the 'Samuel Enderby'. Samuel Enderby founded a whaling company called Samuel Enderby & Sons. Vessels of the Enderby company vessels sailed seas all around the world, including whaling trips and being part of the Third Fleet to the colony of New South Wales.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the scene when the masts and Ahab's harpoon are covered with St. Elmo's fire, the luminous phenomenon was shown as a green glow. Physically, St. Elmo's fire is a bright blue or violet glow, appearing like fire in some circumstances, from tall, sharply pointed structures, so the color of the phenomenon is incorrect.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ishmael:[voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Videoclub (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
DrummerSee more »

FAQ

The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
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39 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
"Moby Dick" Huston's Masterpiece, 19 June 2005
Author: tramky from United States

"Moby Dick" is one of the great adventure films of all time, and one of the greatest psychological stories ever told. Ahab & his quest for the White Whale have reached the status of a cultural icon, but this film was wonderful when it was released, remains wonderful today, and will I think stand the test of time well into the future.

I'd heard that even Gregory Peck himself had been talked into believing that his performance was 'wooden', but that is hogwash. This is probably Peck's greatest performance, and that's saying something.

"Moby Dick" takes us into two strange and unfamiliar worlds--that of the 19th-century whaler and its crew on a global hunt for whale oil on the high seas, and that of Captain Ahab's mind. A great adventure and a great obsession intertwined, inseparable.

The script was a brilliant adaptation of a difficult book. John Huston & Ray Bradbury put this together and managed to use a number of lines directly from the book in the sometimes odd vernacular of the period that gives certain scenes and dialogue such presence and authenticity.

From the odd first spoken line in the film, the voice-over of Richard Basehart saying "Call me Ishmael", the brilliantly constructed initial scenes that brought us, the audience, down to the sea as they brought the young Ishmael to it, the wonderful scenes in The Spouter's Inn where Ishmael meets innkeeper Peter Coffin and some of the Pequod's crew, notably Stubb, who goodnaturedly challenges Ishmael's seagoing ambition and, when convinced that he is authentic, introduces him to the inn's customs and celebration. And the unforgettable, wonderful and strange Queequeg with his head. Who wouldn't want to join a whaling voyage with this lot?! Peck's Ahab is one of the most compelling and memorable characters ever portrayed on film, and the transformation of the crew to carry out Ahab's obsessive search for the White Whale even against their better judgement was wonderfully portrayed and is the singular most important element of the story & of this script.

It is absurd to describe what happens in this film, and I will not. Suffice to say that this is a great film, one I can watch from time to time with almost the same frequency as 'Casablanca'.

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