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Moby Dick (1956)
116 min | Adventure, Drama | 27 June 1956 (USA)
7,4 Your rating: -/10 Ratings: 7,4/10 from 12.823 users
Reviews: 114 user | 43 critic
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Director: John Huston
Writers: Herman Melville (novel), Ray Bradbury (screenplay), 2 more credits
Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn | See full cast and crew
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...
Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
...
Ishmael
Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice ...
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...
Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
...
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...
Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'

Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
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Storyline

...

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find
and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis
Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office
Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)
See more
Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more
Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro
Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
Edit
Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti
sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio
n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more
Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each

boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
See more
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
See more (Spoiler Alert!)
User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
See all my reviews
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is
so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was
the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in
order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
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2.088
Moby Dick (1956)
116 min | Adventure, Drama | 27 June 1956 (USA)
7,4 Your rating: -/10 Ratings: 7,4/10 from 12.823 users
Reviews: 114 user | 43 critic
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Director: John Huston
Writers: Herman Melville (novel), Ray Bradbury (screenplay), 2 more credits
Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn | See full cast and crew
+
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ed to stay warm and full of cheer all season long.
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ut
6 December 2015 11:40 PM, +07:00 | The Hollywood Reporter
Thar she blows! Cinema's most spectacular whale hunts
6 December 2015 10:00 PM, +07:00 | The Guardian - Film News
Review: Ron Howard s In The Heart Of The Sea Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland,
And Benjamin Walker
4 December 2015 2:19 AM, +07:00 | The Playlist
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Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
6,5/10
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...
Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
Ishmael
Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...
Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...
Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
Edit
Storyline

...

...

...

...

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find
and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis
Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more

Genres: Adventure | Drama


Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office
Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)
See more
Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more
Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro
Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
Edit
Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti
sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio
n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more
Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each
boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
See more
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
See more (Spoiler Alert!)
User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
See all my reviews
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is
so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was
the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in
order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
32 of 46 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes
No
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Who would be a good choice for Ahab today?
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Peck was Unbelievable in This!!!
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Stupid as it may seem! nemesis506
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Moby Dick (1956)
116 min | Adventure, Drama | 27 June 1956 (USA)
7,4 Your rating: -/10 Ratings: 7,4/10 from 12.823 users
Reviews: 114 user | 43 critic
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Director: John Huston
Writers: Herman Melville (novel), Ray Bradbury (screenplay), 2 more credits
Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn | See full cast and crew
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ed to stay warm and full of cheer all season long.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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Related News
Box Office: 'In the Heart of the Sea' Hits Stormy Waters With $17.1M Foreign Deb
ut
6 December 2015 11:40 PM, +07:00 | The Hollywood Reporter
Thar she blows! Cinema's most spectacular whale hunts
6 December 2015 10:00 PM, +07:00 | The Guardian - Film News
Review: Ron Howard s In The Heart Of The Sea Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland,
And Benjamin Walker
4 December 2015 2:19 AM, +07:00 | The Playlist
See all 391 related articles
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a list of 36 titles
created 19 Jul 2011
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My Top 25 Gregory Peck Movies
a list of 25 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
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Movies with letters I,M,D and B in the original title
a list of 22 titles
created 07 Sep 2013
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created 03 Nov 2013
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5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards
Photos
Still of Gregory Peck in Moby Dick (1956) Still of Orson Welles in Moby Dick (1
956) Still of Gregory Peck in Moby Dick (1956) Still of Gregory Peck and Fried
rich von Ledebur in Moby Dick (1956) Still of Gregory Peck in Moby Dick (1956)
29 photos | 391 news articles
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People who liked this also liked...
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
2010: Moby Dick
The Red Badge of Courage
The African Queen
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.
The Guns of Navarone
The Old Man and the Sea
Moby Dick Mei 08 2011
Moby Dick Sep 20 1930
Moby-Dick Okt 29 2013
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Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
6,5/10
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...
Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
Ishmael

...

Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice ...
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...
Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
...
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...
Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
Edit
Storyline
This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find
and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis
Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office
Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)
See more
Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more

Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro


Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
Edit
Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti
sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio
n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more
Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each
boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
See more
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
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User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
See all my reviews
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is
so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was
the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in

order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
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Writers: Herman Melville (novel), Ray Bradbury (screenplay), 2 more credits
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...
Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
...
Ishmael
Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice ...
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...
Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
...
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...

Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
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Storyline

...

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find
and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis
Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office
Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)
See more
Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more
Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro
Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
Edit
Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti
sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio
n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more

Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each
boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
See more
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
See more (Spoiler Alert!)
User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
See all my reviews
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is
so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was
the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in
order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
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Moby Dick (1956)
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Reviews: 114 user | 43 critic
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Director: John Huston
Writers: Herman Melville (novel), Ray Bradbury (screenplay), 2 more credits
Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn | See full cast and crew
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Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series 1998)
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6,5/10
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...
Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
Ishmael
Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...
Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...
Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
Edit
Storyline

...

...

...

...

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find
and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office
Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)
See more
Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more
Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro
Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
Edit
Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti
sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio
n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more
Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each
boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor

See more
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
See more (Spoiler Alert!)
User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
See all my reviews
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is
so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was
the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in
order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
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Moby Dick (1956)
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Reviews: 114 user | 43 critic
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Director: John Huston
Writers: Herman Melville (novel), Ray Bradbury (screenplay), 2 more credits
Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn | See full cast and crew
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Box Office: 'In the Heart of the Sea' Hits Stormy Waters With $17.1M Foreign Deb
ut
6 December 2015 11:40 PM, +07:00 | The Hollywood Reporter
Thar she blows! Cinema's most spectacular whale hunts
6 December 2015 10:00 PM, +07:00 | The Guardian - Film News
Review: Ron Howard s In The Heart Of The Sea Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland,
And Benjamin Walker
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created 07 Sep 2013
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956) Still of Gregory Peck in Moby Dick (1956) Still of Gregory Peck and Fried
rich von Ledebur in Moby Dick (1956) Still of Gregory Peck in Moby Dick (1956)
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Moby Dick
2010: Moby Dick
The Red Badge of Courage
The African Queen
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.
The Guns of Navarone
The Old Man and the Sea
Moby Dick Mei 08 2011
Moby Dick Sep 20 1930
Moby-Dick Okt 29 2013
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Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
6,5/10
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...

Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
Ishmael
Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...
Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...
Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
Edit
Storyline

...

...

...

...

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find
and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis
Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office
Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)
See more

Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more
Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro
Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
Edit
Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti
sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio
n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more
Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each
boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
See more
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
See more (Spoiler Alert!)
User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
See all my reviews
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is
so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was

the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in
order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...
Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
...
Ishmael
Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice ...
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...
Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin

Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...
Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
Edit
Storyline

...

...

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find
and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis
Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office
Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)
See more
Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more
Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro
Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
Edit
Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti
sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio

n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more
Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each
boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
See more
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
See more (Spoiler Alert!)
User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
See all my reviews
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is
so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was
the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in
order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Director: John Huston
Writers: Herman Melville (novel), Ray Bradbury (screenplay), 2 more credits
Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn | See full cast and crew
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Thar she blows! Cinema's most spectacular whale hunts
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Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
6,5/10
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...
Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
Ishmael
Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...
Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...
Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
Edit
Storyline

...

...

...

...

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find

and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis
Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office
Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)
See more
Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more
Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro
Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
Edit
Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti
sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio
n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more
Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each
boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider

(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
See more
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
See more (Spoiler Alert!)
User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
See all my reviews
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is
so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was
the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in
order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
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Moby Dick (1956)
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7,4 Your rating: -/10 Ratings: 7,4/10 from 12.823 users
Reviews: 114 user | 43 critic
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:


Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...
Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
Ishmael
Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...
Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...
Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
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Storyline

...

...

...

...

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find
and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis
Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office

Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)


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Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more
Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro
Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
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Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti
sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio
n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more
Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each
boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
See more
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
See more (Spoiler Alert!)
User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
See all my reviews
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is

so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was
the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in
order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Director: John Huston
Writers: Herman Melville (novel), Ray Bradbury (screenplay), 2 more credits
Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn | See full cast and crew
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Related News
Box Office: 'In the Heart of the Sea' Hits Stormy Waters With $17.1M Foreign Deb
ut
6 December 2015 11:40 PM, +07:00 | The Hollywood Reporter
Thar she blows! Cinema's most spectacular whale hunts
6 December 2015 10:00 PM, +07:00 | The Guardian - Film News
Review: Ron Howard s In The Heart Of The Sea Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland,
And Benjamin Walker
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Moby Dick
2010: Moby Dick
The Red Badge of Courage
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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.
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Moby Dick Mei 08 2011
Moby Dick Sep 20 1930
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Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
6,5/10
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's selfdestructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Edit
Cast
Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
...
Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
...
Ishmael
Leo Genn
Leo Genn
...
Starbuck
James Robertson Justice James Robertson Justice ...
Captain Boomer
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews ...
Stubb
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles ...
The Manxman
Noel Purcell
Noel Purcell
...
Ship's Carpenter
Edric Connor
Edric Connor
...
Daggoo
Mervyn Johns
Mervyn Johns
...

Peleg
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ...
Peter Coffin
Francis De Wolff
Francis De Wolff
Captain Gardiner
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ...
Bildad
Royal Dano
Royal Dano
...
'Elijah'
Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly
...
Flask
Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur
Queequeg (as Friedrich Ledebur)
See full cast
Edit
Storyline

...

...

This classic story by Herman Melville revolves around Captain Ahab and his obses
sion 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 c
razed by his desire to kill the whale, that he is prepared to sacrifice everythi
ng, including his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find
and destroy his nemesis, Moby Dick. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis
Plot Keywords: whale | ship | obsession | revenge | whaling | See All (48)
Taglines: From the immortal adventure classic...of whaling men, their ships, and
the sea! See more
Genres: Adventure | Drama
Certificate: See all certifications
Parents Guide: View content advisory
Edit
Details
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 June 1956 (USA) See more
Also Known As: ???? ??? See more
Filming Locations: Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood
, Hertfordshire, England, UK See more
Box Office
Budget: $4.500.000 (estimated)
See more
Company Credits
Production Co: Moulin Productions Inc. See more
Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro
Technical Specs
Runtime: 116 min | 115 min (TCM print)
Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
See full technical specs
Edit
Did You Know?
Trivia
John Huston shopped the film around Hollywood for three years before United Arti

sts and Moulin Productions agreed to produce it. It was a dark, depressing story
, without any female parts or love interest, so Hollywood shunned the screenplay
. Warners only entered the agreement for theatrical distribution on the conditio
n that a big-name actor take the role of Ahab. Many thought Gregory Peck was mis
cast, and Peck actually thought that Huston himself would have been the best cho
ice for the role. See more
Goofs
Early at sea (on the Cape Verde grounds) the first whale is spotted and then har
pooned by harpooners on each of the three boats. As the whale runs, towing each
boat behind him, a call of "man overboard" is made and we see a close-up of a cr
ewman cutting his boat's harpoon line and then another shot of both remaining bo
ats being towed by the whale. But in the next shot, facing forward from the whal
eboat's perspective, we see three taut lines leading back from the whale. See mo
re
Quotes
[first lines]
Ishmael: [voiceover] Call me Ishmael.
See more
Connections
Referenced in Frasier: Breaking the Ice (1995) See more
Soundtracks
Hill An' Gully Rider
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edric Connor
See more
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: The film does not look like other Technicolor films. Why is that?
See more (Spoiler Alert!)
User Reviews
no remakes - - PUH-LEEZE!!
See all my reviews
20 August 2004 | by march9hare (sparks nv)
This version of the Melville classic should, without question, be regarded as th
e penultimate screen adaptation of a masterwork of American fiction. Everything
- absolutely everything - about this film works, from John Huston's brilliant di
rection, to the screenplay ( co-written by Ray Bradbury ), to the powerful and b
elievable performances. Gregory Peck IS Ahab; if anyone defined and crystallized
so megalomaniacal a character, it was Peck, hands down. Not that this should be
interpreted as a slight to any of the supporting cast; it isn't. The casting is
so good, in fact, that now we find it difficult, if not impossible, to view the
supporting cast members in any other light, especially Frederich Ledebur: his c
hoice by the producers as Queequeg was nothing if not dead on the money, as was
the small but significant part of Elizah, as portrayed by Royal Dano. Granted, s
ome liberties were taken with the book ( so what else is new? ), such as the squ
id being written out completely, but this was, and continues to be, necessary in
order to make a movie that doesn't take five hours to play out. Yes, okay, it's
a "Cliff's Notes" "Moby Dick", but if what you're after is good direction, outs
tanding ( one could say tour de force ) acting, and a tight screenplay, then thi
s is the movie for you. Believe us, this is the one, NOT the remake with Patrick
Stewart. Stewart's Ahab is basically Patrick Stewart playing Patrick Stewart pl
aying Ahab or, to put it another way, Huston's "Moby Dick" needs to be remade ab
out as badly as the rest of us need leukemia. 'Nuff said.
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Who would be a good choice for Ahab today?
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