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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Greetham
William Cole
Wi Kuki Kaa ...
King Tynah
Tevaite Vernette ...
David Nelson
Malcolm Terris ...
Dr. John Huggan
Simon Adams ...
John Smith


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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Release Date:

4 May 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lawbreakers  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$8,600,000 (USA)

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First major supporting role in a theatrical feature film of actor Daniel Day-Lewis. See more »


When Bligh and his launch arrive in Coupang, the launch survivors are depicted as starving and near death, seemingly to imply that they had been constantly at sea since the Mutiny on the Bounty. Historically, Bligh's launch had reached the eastern coast of Australia two weeks earlier and had repaired their boat, stocked up on food and water, and had only then set to sea again to reach the Dutch East Indies. Thus, when they reached Coupang two weeks later, the launch and her crew were in fairly good shape. See more »


Christian: I am in hell, sir! I am in hell!
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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.960 (1992) See more »

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What a Cast!
3 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Laurence Olivier, Liam Neeson, Bernard Hill....and the list goes on as you can see. Where are these people now? All making big hit movies. You can't help but love this movie. Every time I see it, I want to see it again. I know of no other movie that has had an impact like THAT on me before. Every actor in the movie was great. Also, notice that the mass of extras REALLY act like the real thing. That is rare, and hard to do. I was an extra in Sudden Death (Van Damme), and you can't help but look into the camera or do weird things. It's fun. Try an find some of the continuity errors in this movie. They're hard to find, VERY. I only found a few after seeing the movie 10-15 times. It's almost flawless. The scenery was breathtaking. I only regret not seeing the movie on the "big screen". I gave this movie 10+ points. There is nothing like it (obviously, my opinion). I thought it was one of Neeson's greatest roles, especially the beginning where "Quintal is in his seat". That scene was shot beautifully. Gibson's girlfriend is quite gorgeous. It's no wonder why he did what he did (now I'm getting to the movie again)... Enjoy!

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