It is our task in life to kill whales, to furnish oil for the lamps of the world. If we...

Moby Dick1956
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Starbuck, first mate:
It is our task in life to kill whales, to furnish oil for the lamps of the world. If we perform that task well and faithfully, we do a service to mankind that pleases Almighty God. Ahab would deny all that. He has taken us from the rich harvest we were reaping to satisfy his lust for vengeance. He is twisting that which is holy into something dark and purposeless. He is a Champion of Darkness. Ahab's red flag challenges the heavens.
Stubb:
Well, sir, if it's like that, I don't wonder that you, a religious man, might be a bit downcast. But I don't much see what you can do about it.
Starbuck, first mate:
Listen to this.
Starbuck, first mate:
[He goes over to a bookshelf, picks up a heavy book, opens it, and reads aloud from it]

Starbuck, first mate:
"A captain who, from private motives, employs his vessel for another purpose from that intended by the owners, is answerable to the charge of usurpation, and his crew is morally and legally entitled to employ forceful means in wresting his command from him."
Stubb:
Well, that's a mouthful, I swear!
Flask:
Wrest his command from him? Does that mean take over?
Starbuck, first mate:
It does, Mr. Flask.
Stubb:
[incredulous]
Why, you ain't proposing we do any such thing?
Starbuck, first mate:
[Starbuck indicates yes]

Stubb:
You're in dangerous waters, Mr. Starbuck! Come on over; come about!


Transcript

00:00:01.000 --> 00:00:03.835
That's a mouthful I swear
00:00:04.586 --> 00:00:06.543
Wrest his command from him
00:00:06.063 --> 00:00:09.749
Does that mean take over lt does Mr Flask
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You ain't proposing we do any such thing
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You're in dangerous waters Mr Starbuck Helm hard over Come about

Clip duration: 24 seconds
Views: 188
Timestamp in movie: 01h 04m 45s
Uploaded: 02 December, 2022
Genres: adventure, drama
Summary: The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.


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Actors

Flask - Seamus Kelly