Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.
Billy Budd is a 1962 film produced, directed, and co-written by Peter Ustinov. The film was adapted from the stage play version of Herman Melville's short novel Billy Budd. It's 1797, Billy Budd is a crew member of the British merchant ship the Rights of Man sailing off the coast of Spain, when the ship is briefly commandeered by the British Naval Ship, the HMS Avenger. The officers of the Avenger decide to impress Budd into their service as is their right under British marine law. The young, somewhat innocent Budd, to who honesty is the most noble trait, is quick to make friends with his new crewmen, but learns quickly that life aboard a naval ship is different than aboard a merchant ship when he sees one of his fellow crewmen being flogged.
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