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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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4 May 1984 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,600,000 (USA)
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Though there was some filming done in Gisborne on the New Zealand coast and Kiwis provided actors, extras, background artists and crew including second unit, the picture is an American-UK co-production without any financing from New Zealand, and is such is not classified as a New Zealand film, as evidenced by its non-inclusion in the book "New Zealand Film 1912-1996" (1997). See more »

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The film shows two little girls in Bligh's home. William Bligh actually had six daughters. See more »

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Christian: I am in hell, sir! I am in hell!
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A wonderfully atmospheric retelling of an old classic with a haunting soundtrack.
16 September 2004 | by (Nottingham) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully atmospheric retelling of an old classic with a terrific cast and a haunting soundtrack supplied by Vangelis. If you like costume dramas with weight then you will love this film as it has all the swash without the buckle! Anthony Hopkins gives his usual powerful performance as the baddie-turned-victim and by the end of the film I am sure that like me you will want to see him vindicated. Mel Gibson struggles somewhat in the shadow of Hopkins but gives his all as Fletcher Christian. The atmosphere of the tropical island paradise is brilliantly captured and the scene showing the demise of the ship is, like the music, very haunting. There's no going back now Fletch!! Look out for John Sessions in a cameo role.


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