Consumed by an unquenchable rage, Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck) has but one purpose; revenge on Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed and disfigured him. The obsessed skipper of a whaling boat, Ahab uses his command as an excuse to sail the seven seas in an unrelenting search of his prey. Battling a mutinous crew, tropical heat and violent storms, Ahab finally catches up to his quarry and begins a confrontation that culminates in an epic struggle of non-stop fury...and inevitable doom.
This spectacular retelling of the Herman Melville classic, masterfully directed by John Huston, is unsurpassed in entertainment, imagination and high adventure!
Release Date: 10 May 2004
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Running Time: 110 minutes
The first and best interpretation of Herman Melville's story
I thought the remake with an actor of Patrick Stewart's talent would top this, but it doesn't. Why some critics call Peck miscast as Ahab amazes me. In my opinion he's the definitive lead in this fascinating and dramatic tale. Considering it was made eighteen years before 'Jaws' I think the final battle between ship and whale is superior. It's reported Peck nearly drowned making this scene.