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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:

Robert Bolt (screenplay by), Richard Hough (based upon book "Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian" by)
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Cast

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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Certificate:

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Trivia

This movie was originally supposed to have been made in 1975, when Sir Anthony Hopkins would have been closer in age to the real William Bligh. See more »

Goofs

As the Bounty is leaving Tahiti, two modern channel markers (day marks) are visible between the ship and the break in the reef. See more »

Quotes

Edward Young: [after seeing Christian improvising a raft to escape the ship at night] That isn't a raft, it's a coffin. There's a five-knot current running between us and that island.
Christian: I'll take my chance.
Edward Young: You think a lot of us haven't thought of this? You're not the only one to have left a woman behind. Fletcher, the men are ready for anything.
Christian: What are you saying, Ned? Are you inciting me to mutiny?
Edward Young: If I were you, I'd take the ship. That's all.
Christian: Why don't you, then?
Edward Young: I said if I were you. I'm not.
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Alternate Versions

German version misses ca. 26 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

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Excellent performances from a great cast
25 October 2004 | by mostlygreekSee all my reviews

I have seen this film many time over the years and i never get bored of watching Sir Anthony Hopkins give a riveting performance in this classic story of life aboard The Bounty and the events that lead to mutiny.

Mel Gibson plays Fletcher Christian who must watch helplessly as his captain(Hopkins) demoralizes his men and drives them ever closer to the brink of mutiny. The tension builds throughout the film and in no small part to the excellent score. The disgruntled crew has many recognisable faces including Liam Neeson and Bernard Hill which makes the film all the more enjoyable. Daniel Day Lewis is particularly watchable as mr. frier, showing us a rather smug and sometimes fiery officer. The film is shot beautifully and the story is compelling. Even the script holds up in a film where the best performances come from the actors with the least to say.


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Country:

UK | USA | New Zealand

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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