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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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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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The film cost an estimated $19 million in 1962 (approximately $144 million in 2012 dollars), which was a huge expenditure at the time. Lawrence of Arabia (1962), which had an even longer shoot - 17 months, compared to eight for "Bounty" - was brought in for approximately $5 million less. Though this film broke even, it was considered a flop, as MGM earned back only a little over half the budget in rentals (the amount remitted to the studio from theaters). By contrast, "Lawrence" grossed twice as much as Bounty and generated more than twice the amount of rentals for its studio.) Though some claim the second "Bounty" film eventually went into profit with its sale to TV, films were generally sold in packages, so it is unlikely that the film ever stopped the flow of red ink on MGM's books. The flop of this picture signaled the end of Marlon Brando's grasp on super-stardom for roughly a decade, until his Oscar-winning role in The Godfather (1972). See more »

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When the officers are dining together, a block of cheese on the table changes shape between shots. When the captain slices a piece of cheese for himself, the block is intact. But only moments earlier, it was clear that the cheese had already been sliced. See more »

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court-martial judge: Your methods, so far as this court can discern, show what we shall cautiously term an excess of zeal. We cannot condemn zeal. We cannot rebuke an officer who has administered discipline according to the articles of war but the articles are fallible, as any articles are bound to be. No code can cover all contingencies. We cannot put justice aboard our ships in books. Justice and decency are carried in the heart of the captain, or they be not aboard. It is for this reason that the Admiralty has ...
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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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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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