Saturday Matinee: Billy Budd

“Billy Budd” (1962) is a British drama produced, directed, and co-written by Peter Ustinov. In this film adaptation of the stage play of Herman Melville’s short novel of the same name, young Billy Budd (Terence Stamp) is conscripted by the British navy during wartime where his charisma and integrity quickly makes him a trusted crew member. However, master-at-arms Claggart (Robert Ryan), secretly jealous of Billy’s natural leadership skills, conspires to frame him for mutiny.

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