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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.


Roger Donaldson


Robert Bolt (screenplay by), Richard Hough (based upon book "Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian" by)
4,534 ( 595)
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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


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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After 200 years, the truth behind the legend. See more »


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Did You Know?


Though there was some filming done in Gisborne, on the New Zealand coast, and Kiwis provided actors, actresses, extras, and crew, including second unit, this movie is a U.S. and U.K. co-production, without any financing from New Zealand, and is such, is not classified as a New Zealand film, as evidenced by its non-inclusion in the book "New Zealand Film 1912-1996" (1997). See more »


Among the midshipmen on the historical Bounty voyage were a Thomas Hayward and a Peter Heywood. These two are understandably combined in the film into a single character. It was, for example, Mr. Hayward who fell asleep on watch the night three men deserted ship, but Mr. Haywood who stayed behind when the Bounty returned to Tahiti. While this composite character is named "Thomas Heywood" in the credits, Fletcher Christian calls him "Peter" near the end of the film. See more »


Bligh: We are still faced with a long, hard voyage. I mean to make good use of every hour of sailing time, and to assist me in this, I am replacing Mr. Fryer with Mr. Christian, who will now act as executive second in command, with the rank of Acting Second Lieutenant...
[Fryer walks away]
Bligh: Mr. Fryer, come back here.
[shouts after Mr. Fryer, who is continuing to walk away]
Bligh: Mr. Fryer, sir! Come back here!
[Mr. Fryer returns; Bligh continues, quietly]
Bligh: I will dismiss when I have done with you, sir. Do you hear ...
John Fryer:
John Fryer:
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Alternate Versions

German version misses ca. 26 minutes. See more »


Version of The Mutiny of the Bounty (1916) 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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Release Date:

4 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lawbreakers See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,622,306, 6 May 1984

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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