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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
Exhibited in Ultra Panavision 70, in the extremely wide 2.76:1 aspect ratio. After this movie, only one more film, Khartoum (1966), was filmed in this 70mm process in the twentieth century. See more »
During the real events, some of the mutineers and those loyal to Captain Bligh but couldn't join him in the longboat because of overcapacity, remained on Tahiti during the Bounty's second visit. However, in the film, neither of these people are shown remaining on the island. See more »
The original 1962 print had a different opening scene, in which a ship's crew lands on Pitcairn and discovers an artifact belonging to the H.M.S. Bounty. They can barely read the name until William Brown (Richard Haydn), now aged, appears on the beach and says "Bounty". He then proceeds to tell the story of the famous mutiny, of which he is apparently the last surviving member. That is why we hear his voice narrating the story. In all current prints, including the one shown on Turner Classic Movies ca. 2005, this opening scene is omitted, so we do not know why Brown is telling the story in voiceover. However, the scene has been restored on the 2006 DVD release. See more »
The 1962 remake of 'Mutiny On The Bounty' has received many scathing attacks from some of the most prolific film critics throughout the years. It has been regarded as an overlong, overblown epic, which boasted an outrageous performance from Marlon Brando as the heroic captain's mate, Fletcher Christian. I believe that these initial reviews have been nothing short of harsh.
The 1935 version boasted a superb cast and was then regarded as a epitome of the classic story film-making. It is now regarded as a slackly told adventure, yet highly entertaining. So when the remake was in production in 1960, the critics' began to relish the possibility of another "turkey". The 1935 version was still clear in the memory. The rumours of discontent on the set and other production follies only assisted in tarnishing the reputation of the movie long before it was even released.
This movie is in fact a highly entertaining sea story. It is sweeping and visually beautiful, with a haunting musical score from Bronislau Kaper. It is in my opinion that Brando's performance was a brave if unsuccessful attempt to show a different side of Fletcher Christian. Brando's performance expresses a hero who suffers personal turmoil with the problems he experiences on the HMS Bounty. It is also unfair that many English critics have leapt upon Brando's accent. I am Irish and I have to listen to a multitude of strange Irish accents from many classic movies. It is in my view that Brando's accent seems to be a genuine foppish English accent which may not have been too far removed from the truth. The real Fletcher Christian was only 22 years of age when the Bounty sailed and he was a renowned ladies man.
Trevor Howard's performance of the rogue Captain William Bligh is masterful, even if he was another over-aged star to take on the role (The real Bligh was only 33 years old). The other performances are excellent especially from Richard Harris, Tarita and Hugh Griffith.
This movie is no worse than the 1935 version. It does have faults, but it is a genuinely beautiful movie to watch. The 1962 version of 'Mutiny On The Bounty' is not a testament on the problems of remaking of a classic adventure movie but of the real fact that critics really do get their facts wrong.
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