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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

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

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Motín a bordo  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35mm release) (some prints)| (35 mm prints)

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2.76 : 1
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Trivia

According to Bob Thomas's 1973 biography "Marlon: Portait of the Artist as a Rebel", after the firing of Carol Reed, Marlon Brando began to usurp the power of replacement director Lewis Milestone - a well-respected veteran with two directing Oscars to his credit. Milestone noticed that the cameramen would continue rolling in scenes featuring Brando after he had said cut, and would only desist after being signaled by Brando. Milestone considered quitting, but was dissuaded from doing so as it would generate more bad publicity for the film and M.G.M. He stayed on, but loafed around the set, leaving Brando to his own devices. One afternoon, a legendary occurrence transpired: The operating cameraman himself called cut, explaining that the sleeping director's feet were in the frame. When asked about the incident in 1979, Brando dismissed any criticism, saying that actors essentially directed themselves anyways. Hollywood insiders were outraged by Brando's treatment of Milestone, and the backlash from his behavior on this picture (he was blamed fairly or unfairly for the massive cost-overruns that doomed the picture financially) began the steady waning that led to the eclipse of Brando's star by the end of the 1960s. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Fletcher Christian: [wanting to flog Bligh before putting him in the boat, but he slowly puts the flog on Bligh's shoulder] Take your flag with you.
Captain Bligh: [chuckling while rolling the flog, then throws it on the deck] I don't need a flag, Mr. Christian. Unlike you, I still have a country. What a big price to pay for a little show of temper. I pity you.
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Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Jack Directs Film (1963) See more »

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Follow Me
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Performed by Chorus
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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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