In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.
A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuses his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.
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
It was originally to be released as a two-part movie, one named "The Lawbreakers", that dealt with the voyage out to Tahiti and the subsequent mutiny, and the second named "The Long Arm", that studied the journey of the mutineers after the mutiny, as well as the Admiralty's response in sending out the frigate H.M.S. Pandora. Sir David Lean could not find financial backing for both movies after Warner Brothers withdrew from the project, so he decided to combine it into one, and even looked at a seven-part television mini-series, before finally getting backing from Producer Dino De Laurentiis. See more »
The film is set in the late 1700s. Yet Tahitian women, who live on an island far from society, have extremely smooth skin and no body hair whatsoever, which would hardly be the case with people in the 1700s, let alone in an isolated island society. See more »
[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.
I'll take my chance.
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.
What are you saying, Ned? Are you inciting me to mutiny?
If I were you, I'd take the ship. That's all.
Why don't you, then?
I said if I were you. I'm not.
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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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