There are many stories of the sea and the men who are drawn to it in ships. If one is looking for a film which awakens the ancient memories of the ocean, it's awesome power, it's ability to beckon and then destroy them, " Moby Dick " is such a film. In 1956, director John Huston passed up the opportunity to play the self-destructive Captain Ahab, and chose instead veteran actor Gregory Peck. Despite the fact many thought Peck was not the right man for the part (including Peck) the end product proved naysayers wrong. The film itself contains several direct passages from Herman Melvile's novel, which literally urges it along. From the beginning, with the main character stating Call me Ishmael this film invites the audience to witness whaling at the turn of the 19th century. It is the beginning of a young man's search for adventure and experience and encounters 'Elija' (Royal Dano) who warns him and his friend Queequeg (Friedrich Von Ledebur), that death awaits the 'Pequod'. Shipping from the port of New Bedford, the ship sails out to hunt whales for their oil. What Ishmael (Richard Basehart) learns is that his Captain is hell bent on personal revenge on one gigantic white whale called Moby Dick who crippled and disfigured him. Driven by incessant hatred, the Captain will not rest until the whale is dead. To that end, he will gamble his life, his crew, his purpose and ultimately his ship. Leo Genn plays Starbuck, the second in command, who will try and stop his Captain if he can. Harry Andrews plays Stubbs, the second mate. When the ship finally encounters the White Whale, it's a war of wills and makes for drama at it's very best. Perhaps that's what makes this movie a true Classic. ****
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Moby Dick (1956)
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
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This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obsession with a huge whale, Moby Dick. The whale caused the loss of Ahab's leg years before, leaving Ahab to stomp the boards of his ship on a peg leg. Ahab is so crazed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everything, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick.
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" Just Because we see it, don't mean it's real "Reviewed bythinker1691Vote: 9/10
A terrific film. It can be messy, dated and continuously overwrought. But it's never less than entertaining, spirited and behind all the high-seas, biblical-vernacular romanticism is a very tough, serious action drama. Much of the film is close framed, including the hunting sequences. It's so dramatic this way, literally drowning the audience in the action: Huston also manages to catch Ahab's claustrophobia this way - no doubt he suffers his ties to the whale and would excise it physically to win himself some peace.
The cast is super. Gregory Peck's soul-scarred Ahab manages his Melvillian diatribes well - he's damaged goods but no hallucinating salt. Leo Genn's Starbuck is probably the pick of the rest as Ahab's quiet, earthbound, Chrisitan doppelganger. The cast continues in strength right down to the tambourine wielding page of Tamba Allenby. 7/10
If Gregory Peck at 38 was too young to play Ahab, the juvenile role of Ishmael should not have gone to 42 year old Richard Baseheart. Casting for the part of South Sea islander Queequeg would have presented a near-insuperable problem in 1956. John Huston's solution: unknown actor and personal friend Joseph Ledebuhr from Austria of all places. In the important role of Starbuck the first mate, torn between his duty and his Quaker faith, Leo Genn is tortured in spirit but looks more like the lawyer he started out as than a seafaring man.
The scenes aboard ship were appropriately briny and muscular. The best sequence, as another commenter noted, was the departure from New Bedford with its slow panning of the crewmen's wives, from blonde maiden to old crone with sprouting facial hair, in silent array at dockside. On their faces is etched the knowledge that some will be widows ere the whaling ship **Pequod** sails back.