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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 »
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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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 8 nominations See more »
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Ryan's 'Claggart ' Unfogettable 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:
Finnish censorship visa # 66146.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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Version of Billy Budd (1988) (TV)See more »

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45 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Ryan's 'Claggart ' Unfogettable, 12 March 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

A nice, innocent kid getting brutalized by an incredibly-sadistic 1700s ship officer is not always easy to watch, but this is one of the better under-publicized films of its day. It sill holds up, some 40-plus years later, and I'm still wondering when a DVD will come out. The great cinematography alone makes this cry out for a good DVD transfer.

It was an apt choice to cast Robert Ryan as the sadistic "Claggart." Ryan played mostly villains in his career and is extremely effective in that role here as an intelligent-but-sick-and-vicious bully. In fact, his character in Billy Budd remains one of the most memorable villains I've seen in a half century of movie watching. It isn't just his deeds. The looks on his face alone as he delivers his lines make him fascinating.

Peter Ustinov gives a great performance as the captain of the ship and a man who has to make a big, big decision about Mr. Budd, played by a young and boyish-looking Terrence Stamp. The character "Billy Budd" is about as pure and innocent as some of the characters Jennifer Jones played in the 1940s, such as Cluny Brown, Bernadette Soubirous or Jennie Appleton. Also of interest is Melvyn Douglas as the aging seaman.

This is simply a powerful and very involving film, one that is hard to forget.

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