The Bounty


(out of 5)

Third major version of the popular seafaring adventure story isn’t as good as Frank Lloyd’s 1935 Mutiny On The Bounty but is possibly better than the 1962 Marlon Brando version. This one has hard nosed  (who isn’t as frightening as Charles Laughton but does a good job trying) leading the crew of a man-of-war from England to the Pacific Ocean with brutal fury and a total lack of compassion. The men get so fed up with his tactics that they commit mutiny after reaching their destination, led by the gallant Fletcher Christian ( at his most blue-eyed) who is the most adamant about freeing the men from the tyranny of their captain. Roger Donaldson concentrates more on the breathtaking adventure than on the more academic issues the story deals with, but there’s no short shrifting going on in the area of entertainment value.


United Kingdom/USA, 1984

Directed by Roger Donaldson

Screenplay by , based on the book Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 1984


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