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Director:
Writers:
Louis O. Coxe (play) and
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Release Date:
12 November 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Men!.. The Mutiny!...The Might!... The Magnitude Of Herman Melville's Classic Adventure of the High Seas! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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an almost Biblical like morality play See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Robert Ryan ... John Claggart - Master of Arms

Peter Ustinov ... Edwin Fairfax Vere - Post Captain Royal Navy

Melvyn Douglas ... The Dansker - Sailmaker
Paul Rogers ... Philip Seymour - First Lieutenant

John Neville ... Julian Radcliffe - Second Lieutenant

David McCallum ... Steven Wyatt - Gunnery Officer
Ronald Lewis ... Enoch Jenkins - Maintopman
Lee Montague ... Squeak - Assistant to Mr. Claggart
Thomas Heathcote ... Alan Payne - Maintopman

Ray McAnally ... William O'Daniel - Maintopman (as Ray McAnnally)

Robert Brown ... Arnold Talbot - Maintopman

John Meillon ... 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
Barry Keegan ... Charles Mathews - Merchant Seaman, Rights of Man

Terence Stamp ... Billy Budd - Merchant Seaman, Rights of Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Hewer ... Dubbing
George Leech ... Marine (uncredited)
Ian Whittaker ... Young Rating (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Ustinov 
 
Writing credits
Louis O. Coxe (play "Billy Budd") and
Robert H. Chapman (play "Billy Budd")

Herman Melville (novel "Billy Budd, Foretopman")

Peter Ustinov (screenplay) and
DeWitt Bodeen (screenplay) (as Dewitt Bodeen)

Robert Rossen  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
A. Ronald Lubin .... executive producer
Peter Ustinov .... producer
 
Original Music by
Antony Hopkins 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Krasker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris (film editor)
 
Casting by
Robert Lennard (casting director) (as Robert S. Lennard)
 
Production Design by
Donald M. Ashton  (as Don Ashton)
 
Art Direction by
Peter Murton 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
 
Makeup Department
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist (as Bob Lawrence)
Henry Montsash .... hairdresser (as Harry Montsash)
Patricia McDermott .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Albert Jaeger .... production supervisor
Victor Peck .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Birkett .... first assistant director
Claude Watson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stan Gale .... construction manager (uncredited)
F. Pratt .... chargehand prop (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Crafford .... sound editor
Charles Poulton .... sound recordist
Len Shilton .... sound recordist
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon Hooton .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
George Blackwell .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Heather .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Curly Nelhams .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Harris .... camera operator (as John S. Harris)
Bernard Ford .... focus puller (uncredited)
George Higgins .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... focus puller (uncredited)
Simon Ransley .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Wally Thompson .... chargehand electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe
Laura Nightingale .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Antony Hopkins .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
June Faithfull .... continuity
Arthur Ferriman .... production associate (as Arthur S. Ferriman)
A.J. Villiers .... technical adviser (as Capt. Alan Villiers)
D. Harrien .... nautical rigger (uncredited)
Joan Parcell .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
123 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Finland:S (new rating: 1989) | Finland:K-3 (new rating: 2001) | France:U | Spain:7 | UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
French visa # 26957.See more »
Quotes:
[Billy and the Dansker have just witnessed a flogging]
Billy Budd:What was his crime?
The Dansker, sailmaker:Any one of many possible reasons.
Billy Budd:You mean you don't know what he did?
The Dansker, sailmaker:Flogging. The only solution to every problem. I warrant even the culprit himself doesn't know! It was just... his... turn!
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
an almost Biblical like morality play, 23 December 2003
Author: dtucker86 from Germany

Most people remember Herman Melville as the author of Moby Dick. Its hard to believe that when Melville's novel came out that most critics gave it negative reviews and it basically ended Melville's career. He spent most of the rest of his life working as a customs inspector on the New York city docks and was forgotten when he died. It was only after his death that his greatness was realized. Melville died in 1891, but Billy Budd wasn't published until 1924. A man named Raymond Weaver found the manuscript. I first read BB as a student in high school and I read it again in college. It is a wonderful book with symbolism and a message like the film Saving Silverman (with its message about the power of friedship). Billy Budd is a sort of Christ like figure (in the book Melville says that sailors took pieces of the scaffold where he was hanged as they would a fragment of the Cross). John Claggart is evil incarnate, some people have said his initials JC mean he is an anti-Christ. Captain Vere was forced to make a terrible decision to hang the beloved young sailor after he accidentally killed Claggart. Claggart knew that Billy had a speech impediment when he was scared and accused him of treason and Billy fatally struck him. I hated what they did to him, but it was sort of like reading about the Crucifixtion. I don't know what Herman Melville's religious beliefs were, but he wrote a tale like a Biblical morality play that I will always remember. Peter Ustinov is a real giant among actors. He is a director a writer and a true man of the world (he has won two Academy Awards for his acting). He did such a wonderful job directing this film, its a shame he never directed another. He is wonderful as the Conscience stricken Captain Vere. Terence Stamp was just getting started in films and gives a fine performance as Billy Budd. He does a wonderful job portraying Billy naiveness and goodness. Robert Ryan is also excellent as the evil and sinister Claggart. Ryan was excellent at playing bad guys like Colonel Breed in The Dirty Dozen, but he was never better here. Claggart is evil with a human face. I remember one scene where he orders a sailor savagely whipped and you see by his facial expression that he is almost sexually aroused at the site. You think to yourself how sick this man really is. He even wears black throughout the film. What is interesting to me reading Melville's book is that it was written a century before the term "serial killer" "psychopath" and "sociopath" were even coined and yet yet, there is a part of the book where he describes the fiendish Claggart and it is one of the best defintions of the sociopathic mind ever written! Melville really was a genius. There is a man named Harold Schechter who has written a number of books on famous serial killers and he quoted Melville's book in one of them. I wrote to him and he said that Melville was such a genius that it didn't suprise him that he was able to define what a sociopath and a diabolical mind was a century before FBI profilers did. In fact, his defintion could fit Lieutenant Loren Singer on JAG. She was a diabolical mind as well.

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