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Director:
Writers:
Louis O. Coxe (based upon the play: "Billy Budd") and
Robert H. Chapman (based upon the play: "Billy Budd") ...
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Release Date:
12 November 1962 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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Just as good as the novel! See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

Directed by
Peter Ustinov 
 
Writing credits
Louis O. Coxe (based upon the play: "Billy Budd") and
Robert H. Chapman (based upon the play: "Billy Budd")

Herman Melville (from the 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 (music composed by)
 
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 (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 .... 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 .... music conducted by
 
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:
Terence Stamp's film debut.See more »
Quotes:
Billy Budd:It's wrong to flog a man. It's against his being a man.See more »
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Just as good as the novel!, 12 February 2005
Author: mbuchwal from United States

I saw this when it first came out and loved it! The makers of this film (from the UK) are to be praised for addressing a subject historically so controversial that their countrymen could object it has anti-British content based on familiar stereotypes. Yet it is undeniably true. The British Empire thrived on a system of enforced labor, which included plantation slavery, pressgangs in the Navy and crimping of soldiers into the Army. The practice of stealing American sailors off of American ships and forcing them into the British service remained a vexed question between the two countries even after the revolution. Americans who had won their freedom in the revolution had to surrender it to the same tyrants on the high seas. "Billy Budd" shows the tragic injustice of being forced to serve an enemy, suffer his contempt and be punished for the natural act of defending oneself.

Technically, the film couldn't be better. The drama is excellently drawn in well lit black and white and cuts from scene to scene in a manner that never sacrifices clarity to suspense, telling the story as well as it can be told on screen. The close ups reveal all the nuances of character implied in Melville's great novel, making very accessible the emotion of righteous indignation, which is the film's final message. Today, a production crew like the one that made "Billy Budd" could make itself very busy faithfully translating literary classics onto the screen.

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