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Melville brought to life,
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This movie has had very little critical acclaim in its time, and the severest comment was on the set when it was noted (unkindly) that Huston himself should have played Ahab and Welles the whale. But the director's vision was completely fulfilled here, and as has been noted this is a homage to the book itself, full of high drama and over-the-top melodrama. Personally I think Peck was exceptional as Ahab, and brought out the monomania, the ruthlessness and the determination of the character very well; in fact all the leading actors were marvellous and helped give a taste of the sea to the viewer. The final chase, cut from the book's three days and three lowerings to only one, is still thrilling and the climax a rollercoaster ride. Admittedly, they changed parts of the story (e.g. Ahab beckoning) for dramatic effect, but otherwise this is as close to the book as you'll ever get.
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Initial post: 29 Mar 2010 15:16:46 BDT
Lars Jönlid says:
very funny about Orson being the whale!
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2011 23:14:50 GMT
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J. M. Hughes says:
Yes, apparently Orson was told the part was his - providing he could shed 200lbs!
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