Moby Dick

United States, 1956

Film
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Huston had for a long time wanted to direct a version of Herman Melville’s classic novel. This superbly photographed epic features a thrilling performance by Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab, the man obsessed with killing the white whale which claimed his leg. The meticulous attention that Huston pays to the details of the sailors’ lives and work is an apt cinematic rendering of Melville’s realist prose. Though much maligned on its initial release, “Moby Dick” is now considered a flawed but magnificent achievement by one of America’s most famous directors. Also starring Richard Basehart and Orson Welles. The script was co-authored by Huston and Ray Bradbury.

Credits

producer/director

John Huston

production company

Moulin Films

Warner Bros Pictures

United Artists Corporation

Duration

01:50:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1956

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

38395

Language

English

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Sea in motion pictures

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Literature → American literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Bradbury, Ray, 1920-

People → Bradbury, Ray, 1920-

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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