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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

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

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Motín a bordo  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,680,000 (USA)
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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

Marlon Brando claimed that the real problem with the film was MGM's failure to deliver a complete script in the year and a half he worked on the film, despite numerous promises to do so, even when he threatened to stop reporting to work. He also claimed the studio inflated the film's budget, adding six million dollars in overhead charges, including the cost for rights to the original novels. See more »

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The term "key-holed", referring to dragging a sailor beneath the bottom, or "keel" of the ship, is actually "keel-hauled". It was a form of punishment in the British Navy in the 18th and early 19th century. It was actually an indirect death sentence because the sailor would (a) drown, (b) be torn to shreds by the rough wood and barnacles on the ships hull or (c) attacked by sharks attracted by the blood from (b). See more »

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Captain Bligh: Remember, fear is our best weapon.
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Words by Paul Francis Webster
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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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