Moby Dick

1956 • 115 minutes
134 reviews
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John Huston's 1956 Moby Dick remains admirably faithful to its source. Though slightly intimidated by the sermon delivered by Father Mapple (Orson Welles in a brilliant one-take cameo), who warns that those who challenge the sea are in danger of losing their souls, Ishmael nonetheless signs on to the Pequod, a whaling ship captained by the brooding, one-legged Ahab (Gregory Peck). In an obsessive pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale to whom he lost his leg, Ahab's dementia spreads throughout the crew members, who maniacally join their captain in his final, fatal attack upon the elusive, enigmatic Moby Dick.

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134 reviews
v Rod (vRod)
December 1, 2015
... one man's strong ego and maniacal mission puts his charges in peril, the original will always be the standard to which any remake will be measured.
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Maynard Walters
March 3, 2015
Classic, but not as good as the one w/ Patrick Stewart
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Cisco Soler
September 2, 2017
Gregory Peck is AMAZING in this!!! Only great novel adaptation besides Jaws
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