Moby Dick

Moby Dick

DVD - 2001
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Consumed by an insane rage, Captain Ahab has but one purpose in life-- revenge on the great white whale who maimed and disfigured him.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2001]
ISBN: 9780792850144
0792850149
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Moby
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 115 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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COURIER3
Oct 12, 2017

Been a long time since i first seen this Well done with rubber whales long before there were computer generated props. Always like to see those sailing ships, I wonder if there were any Academy Awards?

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wiredonjava
Jan 31, 2017

THAR SHE BLOWS

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Derringer
Jan 19, 2017

Like, how the heck (I repeat) HOW THE HECK does a whale ever get named "Moby Dick", anyways? I mean, I don't know about you, but... Oh. Never mind.

You know, I probably would've rated this 1956 version of Moby Dick somewhat higher than 2.5 stars, 'cause, believe me, it actually was quite an impressive production (with its $4.5 million budget), had it not been for one totally irksome thing - And that was - Gregory Peck.... (Sheesh!)

As Captain Ahab, Peck was truly an absurdity in the flesh, to say the least.... Like some deranged, stock-company "Lincoln" with peg leg, flaring nostrils, and volcanic eruptions of ridiculous emotion, Peck was way-way-way out of his depth in this one as an actor.

Considering how absolutely out of whack that Peck's performance was, it was actually quite amazing to see just how well-controlled the rest of the film remained. Thanks, no doubt, to director John Huston's masterful touch, for (mercifully) not permitting anything else, except Peck to get out of hand.

Beautifully photographed in and around Ireland and the Canary Islands, three 60 foot rubber whales were used in this film's production. These massive props were eventually lost out at sea.

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akirakato
Jun 08, 2016

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msemos
Dec 31, 2015

truly a classic. great acting, writing and direction. the final hunt is all action.

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Nursebob
Jun 03, 2015

Much of Melville’s Shakespearian prose and lofty spiritual metaphors survive intact thanks to a literary screenplay penned by Huston and Ray Bradbury—rarely have flocking seagulls and sheets of lightning taken on such supernatural significance—and the set designs are sublime, be it a humble fishing village, a nautical-themed church (where pastor Orson Welles delivers an apropos sermon on Jonah), or the cramped quarters aboard a heaving ship. Despite their miscasting, both Gregory Peck (too young) and Richard Basehart (too old) deliver fiery performances with Ahab’s self-destructive rage contrasting significantly with Ishmael’s sense of humility. But it is in the film’s ultimate confrontation between man and beast that director John Huston pulls out all the stops, delivering a thunderous battle sequence of exploding waves and splintering wood before winding things down to an eerily calm final frame. An overlooked classic that deserves to be reevaluated.

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garycornell
Jun 12, 2014

Gregory Peck makes a masterpiece with his portrayal of Captain Ahab on a whaling boat. The crew want to hunt whales for the blubber and it sale in port. Captain Ahab is looking for a whale that maimed him and left him disabled. He want revenge and will stop at nothing to get it. Great story and a cast that is equal to the task. Five Star for acting and in recreating a whale kill scene that is so exciting.

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kab1522
Jan 19, 2014

I watched this movie in English class, and I enjoyed it.

aaa5756 May 05, 2013

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. Well worth the price of admission to any theater

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isaacasimov
Feb 22, 2013

Ishmael and a few of his buddies get together for a weekend fishing trip. Captain Ahab reminisces about the big one that got away from him. The captain shares a drink with the boys and they go fishing to catch the big one. Typical guy stuff.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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Monolith
Nov 10, 2012

Ishmael (voiceover): "...The sea... where each man, as in a mirror finds... himself..."

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Monolith
Nov 10, 2012

Father Mapple: "Oh, delight, is to him... who against the proud gods and commodores of this earth... stands forth his own inexorable self. Who destroys all sin, that we pluck it out from under the robes of SENATORS... AND JUDGES! And eternal delight shall be his... who coming to lay him down, can say: "O Father, mortal or immortal, here I die. I have striven to be Thine, more than to be this world's, or my own. Yet this is nothing. I leave eternity to Thee. For what is man, that he should live out the lifetime of his God?" "

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Monolith
Nov 10, 2012

Starbuck, first mate: "To be enraged with a dumb brute that acted out of blind instinct is blasphemous." Captain Ahab: "Speak not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me. Look ye, Starbuck, all visible objects are but as pasteboard masks. Some inscrutable yet reasoning thing puts forth the molding of their features. The white whale tasks me; he heaps me. Yet he is but a mask. 'Tis the thing behind the mask I chiefly hate; the malignant thing that has plagued mankind since time began; the thing that maws and mutilates our race, not killing us outright but letting us live on, with half a heart and half a lung."

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