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Hard subject, great movie
I think Terence Stamp's performance is all the more remarkable because it was his first film and he holds his own so well opposite the seasoned veteran, Robert Ryan. They both deserve the praise they've gotten for their work, as do all the cast and crew. The letter of the law vs. justice is a story that's been told before. It's a hard movie to watch because it's a hard subject. But it's still a great movie.
Not a bad actor in the cast.Wally,of Crocodile Dundee fame,as a potential mutineer,Ustinov as Capt,John Neville David McCallum,pre-Ilya days,Ron Lewis as ill-fated crewman,who Billy Budd tries to prevent from falling from the rigging,sadistic Robt Ryan as Claggart,Ryan very dedicated Civil Rights activist in real life,and many other outstanding performances.Never read the book or saw film before,but definitely will again in May.
I Love This Movie
This is one of my all time favorite movies. As others have said, it was a fabulous, first-time performance by Terrance Stamp and an equally great performance by Robert Ryan. The supporting cast, especially Melvin Douglas and Peter Ustinov, is also great. Terrance Stamp is so convincing as the open, pure, kind, caring and almost child-like Billy. It could not have been easy to play such an innocent character so convincingly. But he does it so well that as I watch I come to love Billy just as his shipmates do. The end is heartbreaking, but even then, Billy shines.I've tried to find a good DVD of the movie, but the only one I've found is no better than what I recorded from TCM years ago. Maybe the WBros. version that's out now will be better.
Great Performaance by Robert Ryan!
- Marlene Rantz
I, too, was very touched by this movie! Considering this was Terence Stamp's debut movie, he got off to a great start with his excellent performance! I agree with Muriel, Iowahawkeye, and Robert Kawasaki that Robert Ryan should have at least been nominated for an Academy Award, if not win it! He did not even have to say a word-he looked vicious: a really great performance! Peter Ustinov and Melvyn Douglas(I loved his accent) were both excellent, and rest of the cast were equally good! No hesitation in recommending this movie!
- darcy fickett
This is a heart wrenching movie. I watched it at 6pm on TWC. I watched this movie with no expectation of feeling anything, however before the move was half over I was blubbering like a baby, and kept doing so until the end of the movie. Thanks for showing it...
This was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. I thought Robert Ryan was a genius even then. The TCM article says that the Captain's final decision is a turn around from his previous kind hearted attitude. Apparently the person who wrote the article hasn't read a lot of naval history. Actually, I found the Captain completely believable and he did the only thing he was DUTY BOUND to do. Admiralty Law was extremely harsh in 1797.Do not miss this film. It is hard to believe that Ryan never won an Academy Award.
Ryan and Stamp are Wonderful!
Robert Ryan and Terence Stamp run away with this production, and their scene together on night watch should be shown in every university film course as an example of tour-de-force acting for film. Stamp's debut is astonishingly good, and Ryan just continues to amaze with another brave, multi-layered and risk-taking performance. Ustinov's acting did not (and perhaps could not) rate as highly, but the b/w cinematography, excellent supporting cast, and lack of an annoying musical score more than make up for this. A must-see!
Am very excited to get to see Billy Budd. I was assigned this in a politicalscience class in college. There is great acting by some noted individualsin this film. Yet, it has a deep measure within that these actors tell that isthe real tell - not tale.I had never seen it previously. The professor, Dr. David Briley gave a test on it. There were only two questions that had to be answered - no less than a page front and back and worth 100 pts. Was the punishment that Billy Budd received appropriate? 1. Yes, explain in complete detail . 2 No, explain in complete detail. I am not going say what I wrote. But I'll have a big bag of popcorn, an icy coke ready when this airs at midnight tonight!
Ryan should got the best actor award.
- robert kawasaki
Sure, he is the villain, and he is the evil force of BILLY BUDD. But Robert Ryan's Claggart is the focal point of the film. His character dies and Ryan does not appear for the last 30 minutes of the production, though his character's impression and influence still dominate the entire film. Because of his act, Billy suffers, because of his presence, everybody on the men-o-war ship struggles, and even he is not there, Melvin Douglas's character murmurs "he is here..." Moreover, he is first billed star in Billy Budd. If Terence Stamp was nominated for the best supporting actor in the 1962 Academy, who was the leading actor for Billy Budd? It is hard to think anybody but Ryan. Because The Academy did not want accept a villainous part to get a best actor award? Because, Ryan's characterization of the brutal master at arms was too vicious? A pivotal role is still a pivoral role, and a good acting is still a good acting. Its nonsense! If that was a case, Anthony Hopkins and Micheal Douglas never should got the Oscars! Likewise, Robert Ryan's performances in films like THE NAKED SPUR, CLASH BY NIGHT, ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW, and ICEMAN COMETH should have been much better praised. A time will solve this problem, we shall see...
Cannot BELIEVE Ryan wasn't nominated..
for a Supporting Oscar for this movie...to put it into perspective -- Tommy Lee Jones got an Oscar for The Fugitive (joke!), and Javier Bardam is now considered to be one of the scariest movie villians -- umm, not even CLOSE! By just a look or a glance Ryan conveyed more menace than most actors do w/their whole bodies! I became intrigued after reading repeatedly how underrated Ryan is, and i have to say i could not agree more. This film surpassed my expectations, check it out!