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In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.
Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard the HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti. Bligh proves to be a brutal tyrant and, after six pleasant months on Tahiti, Christian leads the crew to mutiny on the homeward voyage. Even though Byam takes no part in the mutiny, he must defend himself against charges that he supported Christian. Written by
Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>
The Bounty and Pandora were actual life-size ships that were built from two old wooden schooners. The builders added outer ribs and frames to the hulls to get the correct width and, after replanking them, added concrete inside as ballast. Then they were given three masts and rigged in authentic 18th-century style. A 27-foot-long model was burned at the end of the film. It was an exact replica of the life-size Bounty, but one-fifth of its actual size. See more »
When Bligh questions one of the crewmen towards the beginning of the film, mention is made of Dartmoor Prison, which was built in 1809, twenty years after this time. See more »
When watching this great motion picture keep in mind that it is now over sixty (60)years old! Even through the passage of time it provides for entertaining viewing. Charles Laughtons performance as William Bligh captain of the Bounty basically set the standard as how Bligh is pictured and thought of when his name is mentioned. Other actors have portrayed Bligh but it is Laughtons portrayal that is remembered most. The 1984 version with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson is probably a more historical version of actual events but this 1935 classic will most likely always be the sentimental favorite.
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