My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Billy Budd

BBB.5

(out of 5)


Diverting drama is a dark side to Horatio Hornblower stars and directs as the captain aboard an eighteenth-century ship that has undergone various crew changes, culminating with the arrival of a young, naive and irresistibly kind seaman named Billy Budd ( in his film debut). Budd immediately becomes the target of a sadistic, high-ranking crew member () who singles him out for his degrading torture; when Ryan ends up dead thanks to a blow being given to him, quite righteously, by Budd, the young man finds himself on trial for murder. Ethical issues are weighed out with intelligence and ease and a few healthy tinges of homoeroticism, though you won’t love it if it isn’t already your kind of movie. All the performances are wonderful, particularly a marvelously young and beautiful Stamp and terrifying Ryan.


Allied Artists Pictures, Anglo Allied

United Kingdom, 1962

Directed by

Screenplay by Peter Ustinov, , based on the play by and and the novel Billy Budd, Foretopman by

Cinematography by

Produced by Peter Ustinov

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1962

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