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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The mightiest excitement that ever swept across the sea or the screen! See more »


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Release Date:

8 November 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Motín a bordo  »

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


When Bligh first comes aboard the Bounty, Horticulturalist William Brown is seen in the background removing his hat, next cut in close up, he has his hat back on again. See more »


Fletcher Christian: You're in prison now, Mills. With one slight difference. We're not locked in. We're locked out.
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Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Jack Directs Film (1963) See more »


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Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Bronislau Kaper
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Marlon Brando's best performance ever
12 April 2004 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

I first watched this film because I really liked the Mel Gibson / Anthony Hopkins version of the film (Bounty). I expected this to be a less sophisticated, dated early 60's remake of the 1930s classic.

I was blown away! Brando absolutely nailed the pretentious, self styled

aristocrat Fletcher Christian with such accuracy, I found myself thinking that he may have grown up with a Duke and Duchess as his parents and a castle in

Edinborough. There are several scenes where Brando's performance would

have to be recorded as one of Hollywood's most important moments at the

Smithsonian (if there was such a thing). The supporting cast is excellent and the period imagery they evoke, with limited special effects, but spectacular

location filming, makes this a HUGE classic and extremely entertaining.

Unlike a lot of recent great films, this Hollywood classic does its magic while staying within the family film guidelines, while not feeling like a "Mickey the Rat" formulaic piece of garbage. Spectacular technicolor scenes of Tahiti (before even tourists went there), combine with great wardrobe, and accurate local

customs and ceremonies, to create a very, very entertaining film.

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