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The Bounty (1984)

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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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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4 May 1984 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,600,000 (USA)
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Sir Anthony Hopkins and Daniel Day-Lewis both went on to play U.S. Presidents, and receive Oscar nominations in the part. Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Lincoln (2012). Hopkins was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Amistad (1997) (also for Steven Spielberg), and Best Actor for Nixon (1995). See more »

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Just before reaching Tahiti, Capt Bligh is seen shooting the sun with a sextant. Christian is taking notes with a modern pencil complete with a metal banded eraser on top. See more »

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Admiral Hood: This court finds that the seizure of His Majesty's Armed Vessel Bounty was an act of mutiny by Fletcher Christian and others of her crew, and that her captain Lieutenant William Bligh is, in the opinion of this court, to be exonerated of all blame on this occasion. Indeed in the matter of his command of the Bounty's open launch we commend Lieutenant Bligh for his courage and exemplary seamanship. Will you please come forward, Lieutenant?
[hands Bligh his saber]
Bligh: [...]
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Complex retelling of classic sea fable; Hopkins receates memorable role with superiority.
23 February 1999 | by (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I will admit, I thought I'd seen it all when I first saw Charles Laughton bring the snivelling and maniacal Captain Bligh to life. I was dead wrong. Anthony Hopkins, whom I place on the highest rank of accomplished actors, recreates the memorable role with incredible flair and complexity. He shows us not just an insane seaman bent on ultimate subordination, but a man with real concern for maintaining order, knowing the consequences of anything less. "The Bounty", yet another retelling of the classic tale, is actually an amazing recreation of the sea fable, pumped with real emotion and drama. The writers really understand the characters in this story, especially in Bligh's case, but also in Fletcher Christian's as well. Mel Gibson reigns over the role this time, still fresh from his Australian beginnings, and undoubtedly one of the best at perfecting the challenged and affected hero. I proudly rave this version of the famous mutiny, and probably will place this among 1984's best films. Rating: Three stars and a half.


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