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The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a strict discipline. When they arrive at Tahiti, it is like a paradise for the crew, something completely different than the living hell aboard the ship. On the way back to England, officer Fletcher Christian becomes the leader of a mutiny. Written by
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[On the main deck, next to the water cask]
I'll have a sentry posted at the water cask, if you please.
Aye, aye, sir.
[Holding a long-handled water ladle]
I want this slung from the main t'gallant yardarm. Any man desiring water will climb and fetch it. He may have just as much water as this ladle holds, and no more. Then he will replace the ladle at the yardarm.
Are we short of water, sir?
Do you wish me to repeat the order?
No, sir, it's perfectly clear... A ...
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This is a fabulous movie. Sumptuous production, good screenplay, excellent
performances, beautiful cinematography and a majestic musical
Story follows the crew of British Naval vessel 'The Bounty' on its
mission to transport 'bread fruit' plants from Tahiti to Jamaica, as food
for the slaves there. Unrest is almost immediate, with the Captain
and his first officer (Brando) disagreeing over the appropriate punishment
for a sailor's minor infraction. Things only get worse during the voyage
the harsh Captain responds severely to anything that opposes his ambition
please the admiralty with a speedy voyage. The crew's time spent in the
paradise of Tahiti (particularly with regard to the naked and willing
fills them with such pleasure that the prospect of a return voyage under
such cruelty is unbearable. Events finally reach a summit on the way to
Jamaica, when a mutiny takes place and the Captain is set adrift with most
of those in disagreement with the first officer. However, this is far from
an absolution for both sides...
For many the film is measured by the performance of Marlon Brando in
lead role, and it is easy to see why. His first officer, Fletcher
is unlike anything from him in memory; however, taken as it is: an
effeminate, fair-minded character forced into an extreme dilemma, the
is a complicated man, extremely well played. Indeed, as the film
Christian's predicament is increasingly sympathetic and it is to Brando's
credit that he remains engaging throughout. His unexpected plea to his
fellow mutineers at the end is an extraordinarily conceived and delivered
moment in the film.
Trevor Howard plays Captain Bligh with poise and relish. The character
is completely arrogant and utterly loathsome, but never less than
believable. This villain is all the more frightening because his cruel
methods never stray outside the 'official' Naval regulations, as he is
to point out. Of the supporting players, Richard Harris' roguish Mills and
Richard Haydn as the Royal botanist (and film's narrator) make the
impressions. Overall acting is very good.
Vivid use is made of the exotic island locations (on which a
considerable time is spent) and the vast, isolating ocean
Overall impression is of grand scale and spectacle, but illustrated
the intelligence and humanity of the scenario. Near-perfect filmmaking in
glorious, old-fashioned style!
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