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The Bounty (1984)

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Fed up with their Captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship's crew decides to take action.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writers:

Richard Hough (book), Robert Bolt (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Fletcher Christian
Anthony Hopkins ... Lt. William Bligh
Laurence Olivier ... Admiral Hood
Edward Fox ... Captain Greetham
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Fryer
Bernard Hill ... Cole
Phil Davis ... Young (as Philip Davis)
Liam Neeson ... Churchill
Wi Kuki Kaa Wi Kuki Kaa ... King Tynah
Tevaite Vernette Tevaite Vernette ... Mauatua
Philip Martin Brown ... Adams
Simon Chandler ... Nelson
Malcolm Terris ... Doctor Huggan
Simon Adams Simon Adams ... Heywood
John Sessions ... Smith
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Storyline

The story of Lieutenant Bligh (Sir Anthony Hopkins), whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. Follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson) 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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In addition to the replica of "The Bounty", Sir David Lean also supervised the refitting of the frigate Rose that would play the role of the frigate H.M.S. Pandora, the ship sent by the Admiralty to hunt the mutineers. The idea was scrapped, but the frigate later became the H.M.S. Surprise in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003). See more »

Goofs

When the three deserters are being flogged, many of the Tahitians are shown harming themselves in protest, including Christian's consort Mauatua. However in the next shot she shows no visible scars from this. See more »

Quotes

Bligh: [shouting] Filth, sir! Filthy, Mr. Christian! Still filthy! Look!
Christian: I see nothing, sir, but your finger.
Bligh: [shouting] I'll not have your vile ways brought aboard my ship, sir! Do you understand? Now you'll call up the swabbing party yet again! And this time you will make bloody sure that the decks are clean, or by God you will answer for it, sir! I'll not have any of your foul, filthy, gutter ways on board my ship! Do you understand? Good God, pigs in a sty have more comprehension of cleanliness than ...
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German version misses ca. 26 minutes. See more »

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The Film Succeeds In One Way The Past Bounty Films Do Not
31 January 2009 | by alexkolokotronisSee 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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lawbreakers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,622,306, 6 May 1984

Gross USA:

$8,613,462

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,613,462
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2.39 : 1
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