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Moby Dick

Based on the classic novel by Herman Melville, this 1956 film adaptation of the oceanic tale follows the troubled and ill-fated voyage of Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck) and his hapless crew. Obsessed by getting revenge, the captain disregards all reason as he tracks Moby Dick, the great white sperm whale that took his leg in an earlier encounter.

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Overall: B+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 116
Theater Release: 27 Jun 1956
Video Release: 07 Sep 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Violence: While engaged as sailors on a whaling ship, men kill the great beasts by repeatedly harpooning them until blood fills the surrounding waters. Out of anger, a man stabs a whale again and again with a long spear.A man has the skin on his chest sliced open by another sailor. Two men engage in a knife fight.Sailors experience moments of peril during an ocean storm. Men threaten each other with a harpoon and pistol.A whale is seen with many harpoons stuck in his back. Characters drown at sea and one man is repeatedly dragged under water by a fish. A large fish slams into a ship, causing it to sink. Falling objects on the ship crush and kill a young boy.

Sexual Content: Couples exchange fond goodbyes before sailors leave on voyage.

Language: Mild name-calling is included.

Drug and Alcohol Use: Characters frequently drink or smoke.

Other: A cannibal has a dried human head in his possession. Numerous plaques in honor of drowned sailors are seen in a church. A boy is lost at sea. A supernatural event takes place on a ship when a strange green light covers the masts. A coffin serves as a flotation device for a man.

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