|Cast: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice, Harry Andrews, Orson Welles, Friedrich Ledebur, Mervyn Johns, Edric Connor|
Director(s): John Huston
This is one of my favourite books and yet I've never seen a filmed version until yesterday. This one does the original source justice, and considering it was 1956, the direction and FX were epic and seamless - there were scenes where I figured they must've been harpooning actual whales or using stock footage, but apparently it was all filmed in a water tank in a sound stage at the studio, with many model whale body parts. The supporting cast of whalers and seamen were the perfect entourage for Ahab and his stubborn madness, and they got Queequeg's look down to a T. My only complaint is that they made Ahab look too much like Abe Lincoln, so that was all I saw when he was on screen, but Peck did a great job and the film as a whole was just compelling and exciting, even knowing the outcome.
"We're whalers on the moon, we carry a harpoon...."
Mitch, if you own the book, bring it to me and I'll read while I'm down in Florida.
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