It's 1797, and the English frigate Avenger sails wartime seas, ready to engage the French navy in the broadside-for-broadside of combat. But there's another warfare going on, a conflict aboard the king's ship. It's the battle of good versus evil, the powerful theme of Herman Melville's seafaring Billy Budd. Film-debuting (and 1962 Best Supporting Actor Oscar® nominee) Terence Stamp plays the title role, an archetype of goodness on the man o' war. Robert Ryan portrays the master-at-arms, efficient and cruel - especially so to young Billy. And director Peter Ustinov plays the captain caught between the inevitable clash of polar opposites. Will good triumph? Perhaps not in Melville's world. Perhaps never in a merciless time of war.

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Billy Budd (1962)

Adventure · 2h 3m

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It's 1797, and the English frigate Avenger sails wartime seas, ready to engage the French navy in the broadside-for-broadside of combat. But there's another warfare going on, a conflict aboard the king's ship. It's the battle of good versus evil, the powerful theme of Herman Melville's seafaring Billy Budd. Film-debuting (and 1962 Best Supporting Actor Oscar® nominee) Terence Stamp plays the title role, an archetype of goodness on the man o' war. Robert Ryan portrays the master-at-arms, efficient and cruel - especially so to young Billy. And director Peter Ustinov plays the captain caught between the inevitable clash of polar opposites. Will good triumph? Perhaps not in Melville's world. Perhaps never in a merciless time of war.

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Status

Released
Cast
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Robert Ryan

John Claggart - Master of Arms
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Peter Ustinov

Edwin Fairfax Vere - Post Captain Royal Navy
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Melvyn Douglas

The Dansker - Sailmaker
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Paul Rogers

Philip Seymour - First Lieutenant
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John Neville

Julian Radcliffe - Second Lieutenant
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David McCallum

Steven Wyatt - Gunnery Officer
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Ronald Lewis

Enoch Jenkins - Maintopman
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Lee Montague

Squeak - Assistant to Mr. Claggart
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Thomas Heathcote

Alan Payne - Maintopman
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Ray McAnally

William O'Daniel - Maintopman (as Ray McAnnally)
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Robert Brown

Arnold Talbot - Maintopman
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John Meillon

Neil Kincaid - Maintopman
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Cyril Luckham

Alfred Hallam - Captain of Marines
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Niall MacGinnis

Nathaniel Graveling - Ship's Master, Rights of Man (as Niall McGinnis)
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Victor Brooks

Amos Leonard - First Mate, Rights of Man
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Barry Keegan

Charles Mathews - Merchant Seaman, Rights of Man
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Terence Stamp

Billy Budd - Merchant Seaman, Rights of Man
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John Hewer

Dubbing
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Bob Head

Ship's Cook (uncredited)
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George Leech

Marine (uncredited)
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Jack Sharp

Crewman HMS Avenger (uncredited)
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Ian Whittaker

Young Rating (uncredited)
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Fred Wood

Crewman HMS Avenger (uncredited)
Crew
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Peter Ustinov

Director
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Louis O. Coxe

Writer
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Robert H. Chapman

Writer
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Herman Melville

Writer
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Peter Ustinov

Writer
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DeWitt Bodeen

Writer
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Robert Rossen

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Billy Budd

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

7/10/2018

Disc Title Front Cover

Billy Budd

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/6/2007

Disc Title Front Cover

Billy Budd

(DVD, THINpak)

3/7/2007

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