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
The reconstructed ship that was built for the filming was put on display at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. See more »
In the film, the decision to attempt to sail to the Pacific via Cape Horn is portrayed as an independent and ill-conceived decision by Bligh to attempt to reach Tahiti faster. In actuality, Bligh had received orders to proceed via Cape Horn. It was only at the last minute that his orders were amended that allowed him the option of sailing via Cape Good Hope and the Indian Ocean if rounding Cape Horn was unmanageable. As well, the failure to go around Cape Horn was due to the delay in the ship getting her final sailing orders. Bligh couldn't sail without them. He'd originally been scheduled to sail in October of 1787, but his orders were delayed. When they finally arrived, unfavourable wind conditions kept him from leaving Plymouth. Had he been able to sail as originally scheduled, he would've reached Cape Horn before the time of bad storms and in all likelihood have made it around. If that had happened, the chain of events leading to the mutiny likely would never have taken place. See more »
The king's navy will not rest until every mutineer is captured and executed. Wherever you go, wherever you hide a thousand ships will search you out.
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Terribly underrated version of the original classic
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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