Bounty, The (1984)
Front Cover Actor
Mel Gibson Fletcher Christian
Anthony Hopkins Lt. William Bligh
Laurence Olivier Admiral Hood
Edward Fox Capt. Greetham
Daniel Day-Lewis Fryer
Bernard Hill Cole
Philip Davis Young
Liam Neeson Churchill
Wi Kuki Kaa King Tynah
Tevaite Vernette Mauatua
Philip Martin Brown Adams
Malcolm Terris Dr. Huggan
John Sessions Smith
Pete Lee-Wilson Purcell
Jack May Prosecuting Captain
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Drama
Director Roger Donaldson
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 2 hr 10 mins
Country USA
Color Color
This fourth film dramatization of the 1789 mutiny aboard the H.M.S. Bounty is based not on the familiar Nordhoff and Hall book, but on Richard Hough 's novel Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian . This time, the infamous Captain Bligh ( Anthony Hopkins ) is as strict a disciplinarian as ever. He is, however, no monster; faced with his crew's increasing laxity after an idyllic visit to Tahiti (the search for breadfruit takes second place to limitless sex with the island girls), Bligh is forced to resort to flogging and other such means to keep his men in line. Mr. Christian ( Mel Gibson ), formerly Bligh's friend, is of little use to the captain, having fallen in love with a native girl himself. Christian becomes the leader of the mutiny virtually in spite of himself; and when the mutineers try to seek refuge on Tahiti, they find that the local chief wants no part of them, which is why they settle for the nearly uninhabitable Pitcairn. The Bounty is an evenly balanced re-telling of this familiar story, which is historically sound but dramatically unsatisfying. Without a true villain, the film becomes a series of anecdotes rather than a tightly knit story. As for the casting, Anthony Hopkins is a fine Bligh, but Mel Gibson is a surprisingly lightweight Christian. — Hal Erickson
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Index 671
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 10/7/03
Purchase Price $8.00
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Folder 006
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1