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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 »
NewsDesk:
(25 articles)
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User Reviews:
Wonderful story of the sea, and a great companion to Melville's original 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)
Jim Hole .... 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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Language:
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:
Captain Vere:Master-at-Arms, you possess too much knowledge for such a lowly post.
Master At Arms Claggert:Why, thank you, Sir.
Captain Vere:[impatiently] It's no flattery, Mr. Claggert. It's a melancholy fact!
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Movie Connections:
Version of "Encounter: Billy Budd" (1955)See more »

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30 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful story of the sea, and a great companion to Melville's original, 3 September 2001
Author: roegrocks from China

If you've read the Melville story, this film will be a delightful surprise, especially in contrast to what usually happens to film adaptations of literature. For those of you who've never heard of Herman Melville, it's no matter. This film can stand on its own without reference or support from its original source.

A cheerful, innocent young man with wide eyes and blonde hair is conscripted from his commercial schooner to serve aboard an English Royal Merchant ship, which is akin to being Shang-Hai'd, but without the knock to the head. Everyone on both his old and new ship loves Billy Budd, an affable, competent young seaman who can fathom no sinister purpose in man nor beast, until he meets the master-at-arms of his new vessel.

I don't want to give away any more of the story, so give this lovely film a try if the premise interests you.

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