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Release Date:
8 November 1962 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... 1st Lt. Fletcher Christian

Trevor Howard ... Captain William Bligh

Richard Harris ... Seaman John Mills

Hugh Griffith ... Alexander Smith

Richard Haydn ... William Brown
Tarita ... Maimiti

Percy Herbert ... Seaman Matthew Quintal
Duncan Lamont ... John Williams

Gordon Jackson ... Seaman Edward Birkett
Chips Rafferty ... Michael Byrne

Noel Purcell ... Seaman William McCoy
Ashley Cowan ... Samuel Mack

Eddie Byrne ... John Fryer (Sailing Master)

Frank Silvera ... Minarii
Tim Seely ... Midshipman Edward 'Ned' Young
Keith McConnell ... James Morrison
Rahera Tuia ... Tahitian
Ruita Salmon ... Tahitian
Nathalie Tehahe ... Tahitian
Tematai Tevaearai ... Tahitian
Odile Hinano Paofai ... Tahitian
Teretiaiti Teyahineheipua Maifano ... Tahitian
Virau Tepii ... Tahitian
Maeva Maitihe ... Tahitian
Louise Tefaafana ... Tahitian
Tinorua Vaitahe ... Tahitian
Adrien Vaatete Mahitete ... Tahitian
Tufariu Tumatana Haamoeura ... Tahitian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Antoinette Bower ... Lady Gwendenare (uncredited)
Alan Cullen ... Thomas Hayward (uncredited)

Henry Daniell ... Court-martial judge (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... John Norton (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Anna Lee ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Matahiarii Tama ... Chief Hitihiti (uncredited)

Torin Thatcher ... Staines (uncredited)

Les Tremayne ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Roger Ward ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Ben Wright ... Graves (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
Carol Reed (uncredited) (some scenes)
Writing credits
Charles Lederer (screenplay)

Charles Nordhoff (novel) and
James Norman Hall (novel)

Eric Ambler  uncredited
Borden Chase  uncredited
William L. Driscoll  uncredited
John Gay  uncredited
Ben Hecht  uncredited
Billy Wilder  storyline consultant (uncredited)

Produced by
Aaron Rosenberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography) (as Robert L. Surtees)
Film Editing by
John McSweeney Jr. 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
J. McMillan Johnson 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Mary Keats .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
James Curtis Havens .... second unit director (as James C. Havens)
Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Robert H. Justman .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Rapp .... assistant director (uncredited)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
William O. King .... prop maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Milo B. Lory .... special sound effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special visual effects
Robert R. Hoag .... special visual effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special visual effects
Cliff Shirpser .... matte camera operator (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunt double: Marlon Brando (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Morton C. Thompson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold E. Wellman .... additional photography
Conrad L. Hall .... camera operator (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fuca .... assistant set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... conductor
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums (uncredited)
John Caper Jr. .... music copyist (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur l Frantz .... musician-french horn (uncredited)
Michael Goldsen .... music producer: native music (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Other crew
Bengt Danielsson .... technical advisor
Leo Langomazino .... technical advisor
Donald MacIntyre .... technical advisor (as Captain Donald Macintyre R.N.)
Aurora Natua .... technical advisor
Hamil Petroff .... choreographer
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
William Smith .... french-language translator (uncredited)
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178 min | UK:185 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.76 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo (35mm release) (some prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Argentina:13 | Australia:A | Finland:K-11 (uncut) (2007) | Finland:K-14 (uncut) (1993) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1962) | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Norway:12 (video rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (TV rating) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2006) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1995) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (certificate #19794) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

For almost four decades, the ship used in this film, built to MGM's specifications at Lunenburg's Smith and Rhuland Ltd., has been a popular tourist attraction in St. Petersburg, Florida. Visitors get to tour the ship itself and learn more about both the historical H.M.S. Bounty and MGM's two screen versions of the Nordhoff and Hall book. She was reused as the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), and sank during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Midshipman Edward 'Ned' Young:Fletcher, I'm proud to be with you.
Fletcher Christian:Well you've done rather well, Ned. Promoted to the rank of criminal. Not even 20 and a death sentence on your head.
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47 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Brando deserved an Oscar nomination for his Fletcher Christian..., 13 October 2002
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

While the initial critical reception given MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY was not as favorable as that given the original 1935 film, seen nowadays it is a very impressive telling of the Bounty story with some fine performances and a stirring musical score by Bronislau Kaper that fully captures the mood with some haunting and truly striking themes that give the film added dimension. The pictorial splendor of the technicolor photography at sea and in Tahiti is never less than eyefilling. A thrilling high point is the storm at sea with Kaper's music rising to powerful intensity.

Furthermore, there are two fascinating performances by Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard. Howard is not quite as showy in the role as the scenery-chewing Laughton but his characterization is a bit more complex. Brando does an excellent job as Christian, posturing in the manner of a gentleman and speaking with an upper crust British accent that is entirely credible. Indeed, when he reaches the mutinous moment in a rage of uncontrolled anger, he is at the top of his acting form. Even so, some of his most effective moments are quietly underplayed. His performance deserved an Oscar nomination--but with so much bad publicity surrounding the film and the hardships and strains involved in the making, Hollywood apparently gave him the cold shoulder. Years later, they did the same to Russell Crowe for his bad boy behavior.

Technically, of course, the film is far superior to the B&W 1935 Gable-Laughton film. Gorgeous sunsets are backdrops to the ship at sea and the island scenes in Tahiti are gorgeous to behold.

A missing element from the earlier film is the absence of the character played by Franchot Tone. Indeed, Tone was nominated for a Best Actor award, along with Gable. There are numerous other differences but this take on the story is a good one, every bit as valid as the 1935 film.

With all of the bad publicity surrounding the film relegated to the past, we can look at this film with a fresh viewpoint today and enjoy it for the entertaining blockbuster that it is. Highly recommended.

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