Billy Budd Poster

Release Date: 1962

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2007

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary
In this film based on the Herman Melville novel, handsome, young Billy Budd (Terence Stamp) joins the British navy during wartime, where his skill quickly makes him a trusted crew member. However, sinister master-at-arms Claggart (Robert Ryan), secretly jealous of Billy, accuses him of treason. Billy strikes Claggart in anger, causing him to fall and die. Capt. Vere (Peter Ustinov) feels pity for Billy but believes that maritime law requires that Billy be executed for killing an officer.

Cast: Robert Ryan, Terence Stamp, Melvyn Douglas, Peter Ustinov, John Neville, Ronald Lewis, Lee Montague, Paul Rogers

Director: Peter Ustinov

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Allied Artists

Keywords: Tense, Fascinating, Rousing, Rivalry, Fall

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Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1963)
Nominated British Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1963)