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The Bounty (1984)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  4 May 1984 (USA)
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The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British ... See full summary »

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The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists safely to East Timor in a tiny lifeboat. Written by Reid Gagle

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They were friends through hell. They became enemies in Paradise. See more »


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4 May 1984 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,600,000 (USA)
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Three cast members also played the title character in a Best Picture Oscar winner: Laurence Olivier played Hamlet in Hamlet (1948), Liam Neeson played Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List (1993) and Mel Gibson played William Wallace in Braveheart (1995). See more »

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When the Bounty left Tahiti before the mutiny it actually sailed west. Cape Horn was never an option on the return journey as the breadfruit would not have survived the cold weather. So this was certainly not a factor in the mutiny. See more »

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Christian: [in his log] I am committed to a desperate enterprise. I have said farewell to everything I've been accustomed to regard as indispensable. But I suppose I have found freedom.
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The Film Succeeds In One Way The Past Bounty Films Do Not
31 January 2009 | by (Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

The Bounty in all rights may not be a great movie. From time to time it drags on but what sets it apart from its predecessors is that its portrayal of Bligh has much more depth. The Bounty does not simply show men as good and evil but as more complex figures.

Bligh is played here by Anthony Hopkins and is done so wonderfully. In the movie he is being court-marshaled for the events that took place aboard ship. Unlike the past films here his actions seem to have more logical motivations rather than him being Captain Hitler. Yet for all the depth Hopkins puts in his performance Mel Gibson comes up short in that he is just there. He is supposed to take on the role of a leader but instead fades into the background time after time.

I like the way the movie was directed taking the flashback approach from the view of Hopkins. It gave the movie some sort of originality which is very hard to do with remakes. This film though was strictly carried by the performance of Anthony Hopkins and his complex portrayal of Captain Bligh.


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