Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)


(out of 5)

Exceptional adventure film that, along with The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, makes 1935 a top-notch year for action films. By far the best of all three versions made of this story, it stars a heroic  as Fletcher Christian, the Lieutenant aboard the ship Bounty, bound for Tahiti in search of breadfruit trees. Based on a true story, the ship was sent with the purposes of bringing these trees back to England to be used as cheap food for slaves, but the ship never reached England’s shores with the same captain in charge.  During the year-long travel from England to Tahiti, Christian, Midshipman Bryan () and all the other crew members have to endure the cruel indignities of their evil Captain Bligh (), whose slave-driving methods are too much even for England’s rigorous navy. Eventually, Christian decides upon mutiny, though not without consequences for himself and his friends. Featuring stunning photography of Tahiti (actual on-location photography!), with the rest recreated in Hollywood, this breathtaking film grabs hold and never lets go for a second. The acting is first-rate by all, the direction superb.


USA, 1935

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , , , based on the book by

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1935


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