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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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How does Captain Ahab’s desire for revenge blind him to reason? Why are the other sailors seemingly so willing to follow him, even to death?

Herman Melville was an American novelist born in New York City. Though his book Moby Dick has garnered great literary praise, the first 3,000 books printed did not sell out during the author’s lifetime.

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