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.
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
The film was entered into the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. 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 »
Captain Bligh is surprised that he hasn't had the pleasure of your company at supper for some weeks.
Do you still do that?
And the Captain said he'd expect you this evening.
Well, today... today is not Friday.
Six o'clock. Prompt, if you please.
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A wonderfully atmospheric retelling of an old classic with a haunting soundtrack.
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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