Billy Budd DVD
Herman Melville's seafaring story receives a superb treatment from director/co-star Peter Ustinov. Terence Stamp (in his film debut) is Billy Budd, an optimistic, young British sailor during a 1797 war between England and France who wins favor with all his crewmates, except for the sadistic master-at-arms, who accuses Budd of plotting a mutiny. The charge leads to a trial in which Budd fights for his life. Robert Ryan, Melvyn Douglas also star. 120 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.