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Moby Dick (1956 film) Quotes

Moby Dick (1956 film) is a TV program that was first aired in 1970 . Moby Dick ended its run in 1970.

It features Associate producers:, Jack Clayton, Lee Katz, Co-producer:, Vaughn N. Dean, Producer:, and John Huston as producer, Philip Sainton in charge of musical score, and Oswald Morris as head of cinematography.

Moby Dick (1956 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Moby Dick (1956 film) is 116 min. long. Moby Dick (1956 film) is distributed by Warner Bros..

The cast includes: Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab, Richard Basehart as Ishmael, Royal Dano as Elijah, Tamba Allenby as Pip, Orson Welles as Father Mapple, Harry Andrews as Stubb, Francis de Wolff as Captain Gardiner, and Seamus Kelly as Flask.

Moby Dick (1956 film) Quotes

Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab

  • (Gregory Peck) "Birds -- the birds -- He rises."
  • (Gregory Peck) "From hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. Ye damned whale."
  • (Starbuck, first mate) "To be enraged with a dumb brute that acted out of blind instinct is blasphemous."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Speak not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me. Look ye, Starbuck, all visible objects are but as pasteboard masks. Some inscrutable yet reasoning thing puts forth the molding of their features. The white whale tasks me; he heaps me. Yet he is but a mask. 'Tis the thing behind the mask I chiefly hate; the malignant thing that has plagued mankind since time began; the thing that maws and mutilates our race, not killing us outright but letting us live on, with half a heart and half a lung."
  • (Starbuck, first mate) "It's late; you should turn in."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Sleep? That bed is a coffin, and those are winding sheets. I do not sleep, I die."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Blacksmith, I set ye a task. Take these harpoons and lances. Melt them down. Forge me new weapons that will strike deep and hold fast. But do not douse them in water; they must have a proper baptism. What say ye, all ye men? Will you give as much blood as shall be needed to temper the steel?"
  • (Gregory Peck) "By heavens man, we are turned round and round in this world, like yonder windlass, and fate is the handspike."
  • (Gregory Peck) "Captain Gardner, I seek the white whale, your own son's murderer. I am losing time -- Goodbye, and fare thee well, I say. God help you, Captain Gardiner."
  • (Francis de Wolff) "God forgive you, Captain Ahab."
  • (Gregory Peck) "I don't give reasons. I give orders."

Richard Basehart as Ishmael

  • (Richard Basehart) "He did not feel the wind, or smell the salt air. He only stood, staring at the horizon, with the marks of some inner crucifixion and woe deep in his face."
  • (Richard Basehart) "Queequeg, such behavior isn't Christian. In fact, it's downright pagan and heathenish."
  • (Richard Basehart) "The coffin. Drowned Queequeg's coffin was my life buoy. For one whole day and night, it sustained me on that soft and dirge-like main. Then, a sail appeared; It was the Rachel. The Rachel who in her long melancholy search for her missing children found -- another orphan. The drama's done. All are departed away. The great shroud of the sea rolls over the Pequod, her crew, and Moby Dick. I only am escaped -- alone, to tell thee."
  • (Richard Basehart) "Is it real? Do you see it, too?"
  • (The Manxman, a sailor) "We all see it. That don't make it real."
  • (Richard Basehart) "Ehhhh, you can't fool us; it's the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he's got a great secret in him."
  • (Royal Dano) "I have, lad, I have. At sea one day, you'll smell land where there'll be no land, and on that day Ahab will go to his grave, but he'll rise again within the hour. He will rise and beckon. Then all; all save one shall follow. (Slinking away with a smile on his face) Mornin', lads -- mornin'. May the heavens bless you."
  • (Richard Basehart) "Call me Ishmael."
  • (Richard Basehart) "His courage was one of the great staples of the ship, like beef or flour. There, when required, and not to be foolishly wasted."
  • (Richard Basehart) "Long days and nights we strained at the oars while a white whale swam freely on, widening the waters between himself and Ahab's vengeance."

Harry Andrews as Stubb

  • (Starbuck, first mate) "It is our task in life to kill whales, to furnish oil for the lamps of the world. If we perform that task well and faithfully, we do a service to mankind that pleases Almighty God. Ahab would deny all that. He has taken us from the rich harvest we were reaping to satisfy his lust for vengeance. He is twisting that which is holy into something dark and purposeless. He is a Champion of Darkness. Ahab's red flag challenges the heavens."
  • (Harry Andrews) "Well, sir, if it's like that, I don't wonder that you, a religious man, might be a bit downcast. But I don't much see what you can do about it."
  • (Starbuck, first mate) "Listen to this."
  • (Starbuck, first mate) ""A captain who, from private motives, employs his vessel for another purpose from that intended by the owners, is answerable to the charge of usurpation, and his crew is morally and legally entitled to employ forceful means in wresting his command from him.""
  • (Harry Andrews) "Well, that's a mouthful, I swear."
  • (Seamus Kelly) "Wrest his command from him? Does that mean take over?"
  • (Starbuck, first mate) "It does, Mr. Flask."
  • (Harry Andrews) "Why, you ain't proposing we do any such thing?"
  • (Harry Andrews) "You're in dangerous waters, Mr. Starbuck. Come on over; come about."
  • (Starbuck, first mate) "It is an evil voyage, I tell thee. If Ahab has his way, neither thee nor me, nor any member of this ship's company will ever see home again."
  • (Harry Andrews) "Aw, come on, Mr. Starbuck, you're just plain gloomy. Moby Dick may be big, but he ain't THAT big."
  • (Starbuck, first mate) "I do not fear Moby Dick; I fear the wrath of God."

Tamba Allenby as Pip

  • (Tamba Allenby) "That ain't no whale; that a great white god."

Orson Welles as Father Mapple

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