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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Fletcher Christian Master's Mate
Anthony Hopkins ... Lieutenant William Bligh
Laurence Olivier ... Admiral Hood
Edward Fox ... Captain Greetham
Daniel Day-Lewis ... John Fryer
Bernard Hill ... William Cole
Phil Davis ... Edward Young (as Philip Davis)
Liam Neeson ... Seaman Charles Churchill
Wi Kuki Kaa Wi Kuki Kaa ... King Tynah
Tevaite Vernette Tevaite Vernette ... Mauatua
Philip Martin Brown ... Seaman John Adams
Simon Chandler ... David Nelson
Malcolm Terris ... Dr. John Huggan
Simon Adams Simon Adams ... Thomas Heywood
John Sessions ... John Smith
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Storyline

The story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. 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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,600,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The hull of the reproduction of the H.M.S. Bounty, built for this movie, was built of steel, and only clad in wood. The reproduction of the H.M.S. Bounty built for Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) was built of wood, in the traditional manner. See more »

Goofs

When Bligh and his men arrive in the Dutch East Indies after the mutiny he steps ashore and introduces himself as 'Lieutenant Bligh', pronouncing 'Lieutenant' in US English (Loo-tenant) instead of UK English which he should and would have done (Lef-tenant). See more »

Quotes

Bligh: Three men jumped ship last night. Churchill was one of them. You don't seem surprised?
Christian: Well no, now that it's happened I'm not, I'm not surprised.
Bligh: Well, I must say I'm no longer surprised myself now that I see the example that's being set by my first officer. Just look at yourself, man, look at the way you're dressed. Come on, you're no better than one of these natives.
Christian: Well, at least I am no worse.
Bligh: Mr. Christian, I think your brain has received too much sunlight and your body overindulged in ...
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German version misses ca. 26 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.960 (1992) See more »

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Spectacular and lavish third version with extraordinary performances and wonderful outdoors
24 October 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is the third adaptation of the vintage story of mutiny during the turbulent voyage based on one of history's greatest true life sea adventure . It's a revisionist version very well played and with marvelous scenarios . This account of the mutiny led by Fletcher Christian against captain Bligh is highlighted thanks to glamorous cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson and emotive , haunting musical score by Vangelis . Interesting portrayal of the Bligh's Anthony Hopkins who bears little relation to Charles Laughton and Trevor Howard version . Extremely memorable acting by Anthony Hopkins who brings his own powerful individualism to contrasting role of Mel Gibson with opposing attitude whose inevitable clash receives greatest importance . Furthermore , a sensual and romantic Mel Gibson-Christian relationship with Tahitian beauty named Tivaite . Secondary cast is frankly excellent , Liam Neeson , Daniel Day Lewis , Bernard Hill , Laurence Olivier , Edward Fox ... Compelling direction by Roger Donaldson who captures the feel of sea and harshness of the times . It's much better than 'Mutiny on the Bounty (1962' version by Lewis Milestone with Marlon Brando , Trevor Howard, and Hugh Griffith but inferior to classic 'Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)' by Frank LLoyd with Clark Gable , Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone .

The real deeds are the following : In 1787, Captain Bligh was chose to command HMS Bounty on a voyage to Tahiti, where he was to collect breadfruit trees with the object of introducing them to the Caribbean. Captain Bligh is determined to reach Tahiti and return with a hold full of breadfruit trees. When the ship sailed after a six-month stay on the island, Bligh's men mutinied , casting him and a handful of loyal crew members adrift with scant provisions and no chart. Bligh's incredible seamanship brought them safely to Timor after a voyage of 4000 miles. Fletcher Christian and the other mutineers sailed on to the island of Pitcairn. The mutineers' fate remained in mystery for 18 years until their island was discovered by an American whaling ship , they found one man , John Adams, with nine women and 23 children. What happened Fletcher Christian remains uncertain, some say he was murdered on Pitcairn island, but then there were reports that he returned safely to England . However the descendants live on Pitcairn island to this day.


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