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Billy Budd ()

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featuring Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, Terence Stamp, John Neville, Ronald Lewis

Herman Melville's short novel Billy Budd is adapted for the screen, distinguished by Robert Krasker's expressive black-and-white cinematography and ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Conscience vs Duty

by JamesT on Dec 10, 2009

Melville had another great sea tale interwoven with morality this time. Billy is depicted exquisitely in this movie and the character truly has you feeling the ending cannot be tragic. Captain Vere deserves a salute for performance as a conscientious man with an understanding of duty as well. Master-at-arms Claggert also irritates the audience enough to desire to strike him down as well. This movie is for everyone as its sincerity in dealing with man's emotions and perpetual action leave you on the edge of your favorite chair hoping the ending is not what you know it will be.

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