Moby Dick
Moby Dick (1956)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 27, 1956
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may favor spectacle in place of the deeper themes in Herman Melville's novel, but John Huston's Moby Dick still makes for a grand movie adventure.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

It is often staggeringly good.

TV Guide

John Huston gives a passionate and faithful rendering of Herman Melville's novel in Moby Dick, aided by a stellar cast.

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TIME Magazine

Moby Dick is certainly the most unusual picture of the year and may well be the best.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A rolling and thundering color film that is herewith devoutly recommended as one of the great motion pictures of our times.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

John Huston's long-cherished adaptation of Herman Melville's novel has some wonderful scenes but must be counted as a noble failure.

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Variety Staff

Moby Dick is interesting more often than exciting, faithful to the time and text more than great theatrical entertainment.

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Sean Axmaker

he film was not well received in 1956, much of the criticism leveled at Peck, but his stylized performance is more interesting 60 years later. Huston's treatment is equally compelling.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

The film takes flight as a grand chase movie, and leaves its ambition in its wake.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
John Huston's flair for the manly adventure story gladly pounds it's own drum throughout this work that showcases men drinking, working, fighting,… More
Simeon Deutsch
"A hwite hwale, as big as a mountain of hwite snow." Gregory Peck, after Moby Dick was made, admitted that he was embarrassed by his performance: and… More
Ken Stachnik
Peck is a BADASS!
Sunil Jawahir
Gregory Peck is a force to be reckoned with in this very faithful version of the classic novel.
xGary Xx
A fair stab at adapting the classic novel by science fiction novelist Ray Bradbury, this is still the definitive screen version. Gregory Peck plays nicely… More
A fairly straightforward adaptation from the great John Huston. It runs a little less than two hours which is brief, considering the book is a good thousand… More