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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Unrated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 8 November 1962 (USA)
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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.


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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?


The film was later parodied in Carry on Jack (1964), in which Percy Herbert (Seaman Matthew Quintal) also appeared. See more »


During the real events, some of the mutineers and those loyal to Captain Bligh but couldn't join him in the longboat because of overcapacity, remained on Tahiti during the Bounty's second visit. However, in the film, neither of these people are shown remaining on the island. See more »


Fletcher Christian: There'll be no more killing aboard this ship, not even Captain Bligh.
Captain Bligh: If that's an attempt to earn clemency,I spit on it.
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Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Bronislau Kaper
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Terribly underrated version of the original classic
9 October 2002 | by (Brick, NJ) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite version of Mutiny of the Bounty, and I think it takes a very unfair pounding mainly on the basis of comparisons to the original. The production is superb, the story is paced a lot better, and it details Captain Bligh's cruelty more thoroughly. I can't vouch for the historical accuracy of the film, Brando's concept as a foppish Mr. Christian is a bit hard to believe, although he played it extremely well. Trevor Howard's Bligh is one of the most underrated performances in the world. For him to take a role heavily identified with another actor, play it his own way, and pull it off is extremely difficult. I give him enormous credit for this outstanding performance. I think the biggest criticism of this film is that it's not the original, but still extremely well done under the circumstances and very entertaining. ***

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