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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
Capt. Bligh is portrayed as an older man. During the real voyage, Bligh was only in his thirties. See more »
In a civilised soceity, certain lewd intentions towards the female members of one's family would be regarded as a, well, as an insult. Do you follow me?
I think so, sir.
But in Tahiti, the insult lies in the omission of those lewd intentions. Manners that would offend a dock-side harlot seem to be the only acceptable behaviour to King Hitihiti.
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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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