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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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Release Date:

4 May 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lawbreakers  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$8,600,000 (USA)

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Three of the film's cast have won the Best Actor Academy Award - Anthony Hopkins for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Laurence Olivier for Hamlet (1948) and Daniel Day-Lewis three times for Lincoln (2012), There Will Be Blood (2007) and My Left Foot (1989). Moreover, two of the cast have won Best Director Oscars, Mel Gibson for Braveheart (1995) and Olivier two Honorary Awards, one "for the full body of his work, for the unique achievements of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film", and one "for his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing 'Henry V' to the screen" [See: Henry V (1944)]. See more »


While the crew of The Bounty is on Tahiti, some of the local women are Polynesian, but many are obviously Caucasian. See more »


John Fryer: What are we going to do, sir?
Bligh: Well, we shall have to try and reach Kupang.
John Fryer: Without charts?
Bligh: Well, I shall have to try and navigate from memory, Mr. Fryer. It will take us close to the most savage islands in these waters, the Fiji Islands, where cannibalism is perfected almost to a science, and from there, my friends, God willing, we shall proceed on to the Great Barrier Reef itself, then to New Holland, and from there across the Timor Sea to Kupang. And now it will take us at least two months, ...
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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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