Moby Dick
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Previous film versions of Moby Dick insisted upon including such imbecilities as romantic subplots and happy endings. John Huston's 1956 Moby Dick remains admirably faithful to its source. "Call me Ishmael" declares itinerant whaler Richard Basehart as the opening credits fade. 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… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One could have plenty of quarrels with this as an adaptation of the Herman Melville novel, but it's still one of the better John Huston films of the 50s."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It is often staggeringly good."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"John Huston's long-cherished adaptation of Herman Melville's novel has some wonderful scenes but must be counted as a noble failure."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Huston uses his great filmmaking skills to keep things mostly on course."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"John Huston em mais um de seus grandes momentos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Moby Dick is certainly the most unusual picture of the year and may well be the best."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A rolling and thundering color film that is herewith devoutly recommended as one of the great motion pictures of our times."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The film takes flight as a grand chase movie, and leaves its ambition in its wake."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"It's a considerable achievement, filmed against monstrous physical odds."
‑ , Film4
"Huston's film has stellar action sequences and some fine work done in supporting roles, which helps overcome Peck's wooden work as Ahab."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Moby Dick is interesting more often than exciting, faithful to the time and text more than great theatrical entertainment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"John Huston gives a passionate and faithful rendering of Herman Melville's novel in Moby Dick, aided by a stellar cast."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Even if it is Melville-lite, Moby Dick is a rousing, beautifully conceived old-school production."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"An interesting interpretation, with Peck as a wounded, pitiful, but dark Ahab."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
More reviews for Moby Dick on Rotten Tomatoes