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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Talbot Jennings (screenplay), Jules Furthman (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Bligh
Clark Gable ... Christian
Franchot Tone ... Byam
Herbert Mundin ... Smith
Eddie Quillan ... Ellison
Dudley Digges ... Bacchus
Donald Crisp ... Burkitt
Henry Stephenson ... Sir Joseph Banks
Francis Lister ... Captain Nelson
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Byam
Movita ... Tehani
Mamo Clark ... Maimiti (as Mamo)
Byron Russell Byron Russell ... Quintal
Percy Waram ... Coleman
David Torrence ... Lord Hood
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Storyline

Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti. Bligh proves to be a brutal tyrant and, after six pleasant months on Tahiti, Christian leads the crew to mutiny on the homeward voyage. Even though Byam takes no part in the mutiny, he must defend himself against charges that he supported Christian. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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afi | revenge | tahiti | bounty | mutiny | See All (59) »

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polynesian

Release Date:

1936 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Motín a bordo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,950,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,474,471, 31 December 1935

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,351,454, 31 December 1935
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The MGM art department built a Tahitian village on the shores of Catalina Island and planted specially imported coconut trees and tropical grass. They also drew on period art to create a detailed duplicate of England's Portsmouth, from which the Bounty set sail. See more »

Goofs

When Christian orders Roger back to the mast, Morgan is helping him to sit on the bed, using both hands. In the next shot, he is a little way from Roger, touching his glass with his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Captain William Bligh: I'll live to see you - all of you - hanging from the highest yardarm in the British fleet.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in One in a Million (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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Traditional
Sung by carolers in England and mutineers in Tahiti
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Exquisite.
1 August 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Wow. I haven't seen this movie for many years and it turned out to be even better than I'd remembered it. I really have to admire this film, as the acting and entire production are top-notch. I rarely give 10s, but this one comes very close--oh, heck...the more I think about it, the more I realize it does deserve it.

As far as the historical accuracy of the film goes, while it isn't perfect (after all, Bligh's exact role in starting the mutiny is tough to determine), it did get most of the points of this true tale correct--showing a rare reverence for the source material. All too often, history takes a back seat to making a marketable film. The only major thing the film got seriously wrong were the mutineers themselves. However, this is because only recent excavations have shown that the men who mutinied in effect killed each other off--as they apparently WERE scum after all. But, based on material available at the time, it was pretty good. As to Bligh's temperament, the British admiralty found Bligh completely blameless. However, later as governor of Australia, Bligh alienated everyone and was, by most accounts, a real jerk. So, the essence of the film appears to be true. Hmm...for once I have no serious complaints about the accuracy of a historical film--that's pretty rare.

The best part of the film, however, is that the actors were absolutely on top of their game. Charles Laughton, though prone to overacting by all accounts, was exceptional here. Clark Gable was in his element--and simply one of his best film roles. The same can also be said of Franchot Tone--here, he has a much deeper and meatier role than usual. In fact, the three came off so well that all three were nominated for Best Actor--necessitating the creation of Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories. The rest of the cast, the supporting journeymen actors, were great--with Donald Crisp (with hair!!) excellent as a troublemaker, Dudley Diggs as a very sympathetic drunkard and many others in top form.

The direction by Frank Lloyd, the cinematography, music, sets and location shooting were also wonderful. So why, if this film was so perfect, would they try remaking it?! This is a great example of a film whose remakes definitely pale by comparison. A perfect or at least near-perfect film in every way.

By the way, if you are curious about the real life Bligh, after both this mutiny and the rebellion in Australia (that he appeared to instigate), he was rewarded with the rank of Rear Admiral! Who says life has to be fair?


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