Billy Budd was released in 1962. Directed by Peter Ustinov the film is based on the Herman Melville novel of the same name. Handsome, young and naive 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. Unable to communicate his feelings verbally, Billy strikes Claggart in anger, causing him to fall and die. Although Captain Vere (Peter Ustinov) feels pity for Billy he believes that maritime law must be upheld and so sentences Billy to death for killing an officer.







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Directed by Peter Ustinov

Produced by A. Ronald Lubin & Peter Ustinov

Screenplay by Peter Ustinov & DeWitt Bodeen

From the novel by Herman Melville



Billy Budd ...... Terence Stamp

John Claggart (Master-at-Arms) ...... Robert Ryan

Edwin Fairfax Vere (Post Captain) ...... Peter Ustinov

The Dasker (sailmaker) ...... Melvyn Douglas

Philip Seymour (1st Lieutenant) ...... Paul Rogers

Julian Ratcliffe (2nd Lieutenant) ...... John Neville

Steven Wyatt (Gunnery Officer) ...... David McCallum

Enoch Jenkins (maintopman) ...... Ronald Lewis

Squeak (Mr Claggart's assistant) ...... Lee Montague

Alan Payne (maintopman) ...... Thomas Heathcote

William O'Daniel (maintopman) ...... Ray McAnally

Arnold Talbolt (maintopman) ...... Robert Brown

Neil Kincaid (maintopman) ...... John Meillon

Hallam (Captain of Marines) ...... Cyril Luckham

Captain Nathaniel (Rights of Man) ...... Niall MacGinnis

Amos Leonard (First Mate, Rights of Man) ...... Victor Brooks

Charles Mathews (merchant seaman) ...... Barry Keegan



Original music by Antony Hopkins

Cinematography by Robert Krasker

Film Editing by Jack Harris

Casting by Robert S. Lennard

Production Design by Don Ashton

Art Direction by Peter Murton

Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson

Makeup Artist - Bob Lawrence

Hair Stylist - Harry Montsash

Production Supervisor - Albert Jaeger

Production Manager - Victor Peck

Assistant Director - Michael Birkett

Sound Editor - Charles Crafford

Sound Recordist - Charles Poulton & Len Shilton

Special Effects by Fred Heather & Garth Inns

& Curly Nelhams

Wardrobe - Ron Beck & Laura Nightingale

Continuity - June Faithfull

Production Associate - Arthur S. Ferriman

Camera Operator - John S. Harris

Technical Advisor - Captain Alan J. Villiers