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Billy Budd (1962)

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Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Claggart - Master of Arms
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Edwin Fairfax Vere - Post Captain Royal Navy
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The Dansker - Sailmaker
Paul Rogers ...
Philip Seymour - First Lieutenant
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Julian Radcliffe - Second Lieutenant
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Steven Wyatt - Gunnery Officer
Ronald Lewis ...
Enoch Jenkins - Maintopman
Lee Montague ...
Squeak - Assistant to Mr. Claggart
Thomas Heathcote ...
Alan Payne - Maintopman
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William O'Daniel - Maintopman (as Ray McAnnally)
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Arnold Talbot - Maintopman
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Neil Kincaid - Maintopman
Cyril Luckham ...
Alfred Hallam - Captain of Marines
Niall MacGinnis ...
Nathaniel Graveling - Ship's Master, Rights of Man (as Niall McGinnis)
Victor Brooks ...
Amos Leonard - First Mate, Rights of Man
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H.M.S. Avenger is headed into battle against the French fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, and the dark shadow of two recent mutinies in the English fleet concern Captain Vere. He relies on his cruel and often sadistic Master-at-Arms John Claggert to maintain what he believes to be tenuous order and discipline aboard the ship. When a new seaman, Billy Budd, is pressed into service from a passing merchantman, his innocent, happy-go-lucky attitude quickly endears him to both his messmates as well as the ship's officers. However, his charismatic naivete seems to bother Claggert, whose perverse depravity makes him resent Billy's good-natured purity, especially after the teenager's promotion to fore-top captain. The mean-spirited Claggert unfairly plots to put him on report and ultimately perjures himself when he accuses Billy of conspiring to mutiny. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Independent producer Frank Gilbert acquired the screen rights in 1956 and assigned the adaptation to DeWitt Bodeen. The rights were later sold to independent producer/director Robert Rossen, who worked with Bodeen on a second screenplay. By the time it reached the screen in 1962, it had been sold to Peter Ustinov, who wrote the final shooting script but gave Bodenn a co-writer credit. See more »

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William O'Daniel, maintopman: [After Jenkons' burial at sea] Well, that's the end of Enoch Jenkins. Over the side he goes and his mates soon forget him.
Alan Payne, maintopman: They'll not forget him so soon, I'm thinking.
The Dansker, sailmaker: Ah, whatever happened to Jenkins, he ain't worried now. He got a hundred fathoms between him and the troubles of his life.
Billy Budd: I'd rather be buried at sea than on the shore when I come to die. Will you stand by the plank, mates, so I can shake a friendly hand before I sink?
[After a pause, they all laugh]
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Good and dramatic ships film
21 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The flick is set in the end Century XVIII upon English-French war , in Napoleon time , 1797 .

Actor and director Peter Ustinov has directed few films , this is the better. The movie centers about a young (Terence Stamp) who's obligatorily enlisted in a war ship. Billy Budd is a crew member of the British merchant ship the Rights of Man sailing off the coast of Spain, when the ship is briefly commandeered by the British Naval Ship, the HMS Avenger . There he will have to take on a nasty deputy (Robert Ryan) with tragical results.

Terence Stamp's interpretation as an innocent ,naive, thoughtful and sensible young is extraordinary . Robert Ryan plays correctly to the villain and ominous man.

The support cast is featured by famous secondary actors : John Neville( Baron Munchausen), David McCallum( UNCLE Agency series ), Ray McNally (the mission) and Neall MacGinnis (Jason and the Argonauts).

The film is based on a Herman Melville's novel ( author of Moby Dick) .

The runtime movie is overlong and is a little bit boring because happens little adventures , however is very interesting and thought-provoking.

Cinematography by Robert Krasker ( superproductions' photographer of the 60s ) is riveting . Anthony Hopkins musical score is fascinating.

Acting as ship commander and direction by recently deceased Peter Ustinov is excellent.

Rating 7/10 above average . It's a thoughtful and thought-provoking movie .


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