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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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Midshipman Edward 'Ned' Young
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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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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,680,000
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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

During the final weeks of location filming, Marlon Brando decided to move into an abandoned villa thirty miles further from the shoot than his previous house. MGM spent several thousand dollars remodelling the place, so he could live in it for two weeks. See more »

Goofs

Thomas Ellison (played by Gordon Jackson) is shown as being one of the mutineers who lands on Pitcairn with Christian's inner circle. In reality, he was one of the mutineers who opted to take his chances and remain on Tahiti before Christian left. Ellison was subsequently captured by "HMS Pandora" taken back to England and -along with two other mutineers- hanged after a court-martial. See more »

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Fletcher Christian: We may all very well be hanged. But decency is worth fighting for. You can't live without it. And hiding here, shivering like convicts, when we've a just case to present to the courts, is just another way of dying. And a far less bearable one.
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Referenced in Bounty Hamster: Mutiny on the Bounty Hamster (2003) See more »

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Follow Me
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Bronislau Kaper
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Terribly underrated version of the original classic
9 October 2002 | by 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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