Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

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The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a ... See full summary »


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The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a strict discipline. When they arrive at Tahiti, it is like a paradise for the crew, something completely different than the living hell aboard the ship. On the way back to England, officer Fletcher Christian becomes the leader of a mutiny. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Release Date:

8 November 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Motín a bordo  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35mm release) (some prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.76 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marlon Brando turned down starring roles in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Cleopatra (1963) in order to star in this film. See more »


Upon leaving Portsmouth harbor, Captain Bligh orders a starboard tack. Different shots show the yardarms/sails changing between a starboard tack and a port tack as the ship moves, then finally it is shown on a starboard tack in a distance shot. See more »


Captain Bligh: I'm not leaving you Mr Christian, not ever. Go to the dirtiest little corner of the world I'll be there, right behind you, with a rope in my hand.
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Referenced in Perl oder Pica (2006) See more »


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Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Performed by Chorus
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Find No Major Faults Here
18 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wonder if they made more three-hour-plus films in the 1960s than any other decade? It seems that way. Here is another one. This also is a re-make from a 1935 version of the famous story

I liked this 'Mutiny On The Bounty' better than the critics did, who got annoyed at Marlon Brando's British accent. I found nothing wrong with it and I usually am critical about that sort of thing myself. Brando gave a solid performance.

Trevor Howard was convincing as the sadistic "Captain Bligh" and Tarita was fair as the love interest "Maimiti." The cinematography might have been the best feature of the film, a definite movie for widescreen as a lot of these mid '50s-to-mid '60s films were. There are some beautiful shots in here, beginning with those Tahiti sunsets. The color in this movie is magnificent.

Although not particularly a film you might watch over and over, I found no major fault with it except for perhaps the romance which was a bit sappy. The adventure, acting and photography were all top-notch and the three hours went by fairly fast.

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