Moby Dick 1956

Moby Dick

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It may favor spectacle in place of the deeper themes in Herman Melville's novel, but John Huston's Moby Dick still makes for a grand movie adventure.

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Capt. Ahab (Gregory Peck) has a vendetta against Moby Dick, the great white whale responsible for taking his leg. He sets out on a treacherous sea voyage aboard The Pequod, along with a crew including Starbuck (Leo Genn), Father Mapple (Orson Welles) and Ishmael (Richard Basehart), to hunt down the elusive beast. With reckless abandon, Ahab leads the crew on his obsessive and suicidal quest, anxious for a final showdown with the legendary white whale.

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Gregory Peck
Captain Ahab
Leo Genn
Starbuck
Orson Welles
Father Mapple
Bernard Miles
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Ship's Carpenter
Jack Clayton
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Lee Katz
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Philip Sainton
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Oswald Morris
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Critic Reviews for Moby Dick

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (3)

  • One could have plenty of quarrels with this as an adaptation of the Herman Melville novel, but it's still one of the better John Huston films of the 50s.

    August 5, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Moby Dick is certainly the most unusual picture of the year and may well be the best.

    August 5, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The film takes flight as a grand chase movie, and leaves its ambition in its wake.

    April 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Moby Dick is interesting more often than exciting, faithful to the time and text more than great theatrical entertainment.

    June 2, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It is often staggeringly good.

    June 24, 2006
  • A rolling and thundering color film that is herewith devoutly recommended as one of the great motion pictures of our times.

    March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 20, 2016
    John Huston's flair for the manly adventure story gladly pounds it's own drum throughout this work that showcases men drinking, working, fighting, and in mortal fear together - it's what this film is all about. The women can only watch dockside and wonder if their loves will return. It's all portrayed very heroically, like Viking myth. And then there's the whale. The best of the big fish stories by my reckoning, symbolism aside, and even though Peck might overdo the "mad captain" bit sometimes.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2010
    Quite a fantastic adventure. Gregory Peck is terribly underrated as an obsessed and badass character. There are four good reasons not to miss this: 1) John Huston in Technicolor. 2) Orson Welles and his take on the Book of Jonah :) 3) Peck as you have never seen before. 4) The special effects, which are better than the last movies of Jaws :) 75/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2010
    "A hwite hwale, as big as a mountain of hwite snow." Gregory Peck, after Moby Dick was made, admitted that he was embarrassed by his performance: and rightfully so! Peck has established himself as a paternal figure, and then all of a sudden he needs to play a cold hearted, revenge crazed whaling ship captain. I'm not at all saying that he's bad. Peck overacts to the point of embodying the character of Captain Ahab and conquers every scene he's in. Peck gives one of the definite Hollywood performances of all time. A major factor in me seeing this was because of Orson Welles, but he disappointingly had only about two to three minutes of actual screen time. Welles is near the beginning, and he sports a preposterously ragged beard and plays a priest who gives a sermon about Jonah and the Whale before the whalers go off to sea. His opening monologue was stupendous, but after that he wasn't there, which made me sad :(. This is the sixth film I've seen him in, others being Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, The Third Man, The Stranger, and A Man for All Seasons, and I wanted to make a list of my five favorite, but both his performances in A Man for All Seasons and Moby Dick are extremely short, so I'll have to resume my search for other Welles films. Famous science-fiction author Ray Bradbury (Martian Chronicles/ Fahrenheit 451) wrote the screenplay with John Huston, and like many cinematic adaptations of classic novels, namely The Brothers Karamazov starring Yul Breynner, there's very quick pacing and they skimmed over details. I haven't read the book, but it seemed like they just took out major moments in the plot and used them in the script. What surprised me the most was how well this strategy worked. I was never bored, I never felt like they were insulting my intelligence, and though the dialogue consisted of ye olde english: both the characters and writing conveyed their points well. This is the fourth John Huston film I've seen, the others being The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen. I see some trends in his directorial style, but it's very difficult for me to put my finger on exactly what it is. I guess it's fair to say that he masterfully balances drama, entertainment, and intelligence, as well as creates great atmosphere. What stands out the most in this one is the stale visuals and a badass giant animatronic whale. John Huston's Moby Dick starts out introducing a main character, as the novel does, with the famous line "Call me Ishmael", and then doesn't touch on him any further and begins a tale about a whaling ship. I found that to be a bad idea on Huston's part because from the beginning you're expecting to follow Ishmael on his journey, but then you're spontaneously introduced to many different characters with much more depth and then thrown into the madness of Captain Ahab. Other than the storytelling flaw early in the film, I found little wrong with anything else. 98/100
    Simeon D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2009
    this is more suited to theatre than the screen. gregory peck spent most of it ranting about the whale that had his leg off... i just couldn't get on with it as not alot actually happened. i mean seriously... if you had got your leg taken off would you go back for more? also if you had a load of spanish gold... wouldn't you just forget about whales altogether and spend it on latino women and booze? aside from the crap... it seemed very biblical?!!? i think i'd rather read about jonah though! no mention of rum either... for a seafaring film that's heresy! no large breasted maidens at the port either going "five-pence to cop a feel me lovely". just a sausage factory atmos. i reckon the whale was the only female on set and although she was a bit bigger than most ladies ahab was getting desperate... all that time out at sea.... yeah, it's a love story!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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