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
Despite the fact that Vangelis had previously won an Oscar for Chariots of Fire (1981), and had a successful solo music career, there was no official soundtrack issued concurrent to the movie's release in 1984. In fact, a complete soundtrack CD wouldn't be issued until 2010. See more »
At the beginning of a meal, the officers toast the King, but do so while sitting. British serving officers always stood while toasting the monarch, even though only in the captain's cabin of a large ship would there be enough headroom to stand upright. When William IV, a naval officer since he was about 13, became King in 1830, he allowed serving officers to toast him while sitting, but this was more than 30 years too late for the officers of the Bounty. 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 saw this film by accident one Christmas Day, whilst vegging it on the couch! Ever since then, this has been one of my all time favourite films. Who cares about the historical truths or otherwise! Anthony Hopkins was fantastic as Bligh, Mel Gibson a very believable Christian, and the supporting cast magnificent. Th locations were perfect, the photography stunning and the music by Vangelis, wow, so in tune with the moods of the film.
I,ve watched this film about 5 times now, and could easily see it another 50!
Get it on video NOW!
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