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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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2.35 : 1
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Nicholas Ball and Paul Darrow were among the actors who auditioned for the David Lean project. See more »


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


Bligh: My dear God. I had hoped to avoid this.
Christian: Avoid what, sir?
Bligh: Damn it all, man. I'm expected to sleep with her. She's one of King Tynah's wives. A gift from one chief to another, as it were. Now look, five minutes after I go below you must call me up on some important business, all right?
Christian: Yes, sir. What business?
Bligh: Business, damn it; any bloody business.
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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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