Ray Bradbury wrote an incredible screenplay for this work. Instead of trying to capture Herman Melville's actual brilliant leviathan sprawl (and who COULD succeed at this?)-- a novel jammed with fantastic,bigger than life characters, many events of great symbolic significance, not to mention barrels of whaling information-- he carves out the tale of Ahab and his obsession with the white whale. Bradbury makes great impact with Ahab's symbolic sacraments and rituals, showing a man who spits in the face of his own and his crew's doom, binding his men to his will with any means necessary. It's hard to believe, but Ray Bradbury takes this glorious wild child of a book and makes it work. The music by Phillip Sainton and the cinematography are great, too, but nothing would have saved this movie from a bad screenplay.
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Moby Dick (1956) 1080p
Moby Dick is a movie starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, and Leo Genn. 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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A great Ray Bradbury screenplay!Reviewed byrattyaddyVote: 7/10
I love this movie since I was 5 years old. Sometimes I watched it three or four times per week and I never got tired. It was a beautiful adventure and Gregory Peck was (and still is) one of my favorite actors. Only after, I understood all the philosophical connections, which are in the movie, but I'll think forever of it as a great adventure. Moby Dick is very frightening, especially when she jumps out of sea and falls with the mouth opened on the screaming crew of the "Pequod". But also Captain Achab is terrific with his obstination and foolish obsession. I love when he appears, dead, bound to the whale, and makes that sign to his men to follow him and also Starbuck, who seemed the most "quiet" is captured by his captain's obsession. This movie will remain forever in my heart.
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.