Watch: The Bounty 1984 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian 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.
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A Better Interpretation Based on Hough’s Book
Not only is the story of Bligh and Christian the most famous mutiny in history, it is also the most filmed. It started with an Australian silent movie in 1916. The Aussies took another shot at filming the Bounty mutiny in 1933, providing a young Errol Flynn (as Fletcher Christian) with his first movie role. That was followed only two years later by the first American try with Charles Laughton in a tour-de-force performance as a sadistic Captain Bligh. Nearly thirty years passed before another movie attempted the story. The 1962 production remains controversial, as does Marlon Brando’s affected turn as Christian. These earlier movies were based on the books by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall that portrayed the Bounty’s commander, William Bligh, as a brutal disciplinarian and the second in command, Fletcher Christian, as a hero. The actual story is not so black and white. In Captain Bligh and Mister Christian: The Men and the Mutiny (1972), Richard Hough presented a more balanced account of the famous mutiny that is meticulously researched and shows keen psychological insight into the characters of the men involved. It is on Hough’s book that The Bounty is based.
The Bounty has a lot going for it. It is based on Hough’s book, perhaps the best account of the mutiny. The screenplay was written by Robert Bolt, who also wrote such classics as Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, A Man for All Seasons, and Ryan’s Daughter. His work shows in the complex, fully realized characters that are the center of this story. And those characters are brought to life by an amazingly strong cast – Anthony Hopkins (an Oscar for Silence of the Lambs) as William Bligh, Mel Gibson (an Oscar for directing Braveheart) as Fletcher Christian, Daniel Day-Lewis (an Oscar for My Left Foot) as John Fryer, and Liam Neeson (nominated for an Oscar for Schindler’s List) as Churchill. Of course, none of these actors were famous yet when they performed in The Bounty. Two film giants, Laurence Olivier and James Fox, make cameo appearances as Admiral Hood and Captain Greenham, respectively, members of the Court Martial that tries Bligh on his return to Britain. The rest of the cast is not so well known, but they are all excellent.
Anthony Hopkins’ Bligh is definitely not a villain, but he is at best a flawed hero. Hopkins, as he always does, makes the character of Bligh completely believable. He is a superb seaman and a man of unquestioned courage. He is also a very capable leader in the right circumstances, but he has a quick temper and a tendency to shift responsibility from himself to others. And he is an ambitious man with no connections or influence in a society where those weigh as heavily as skill and competency. When the chance to make a name for himself seems to be drifting from his grasp, his frustration and anger is turned on those around him. Hopkins never seems to be acting. He becomes Bligh.
Mel Gibson was a bigger name actor than Hopkins even when this movie was made, but it is obvious that he is not quite in the same league. His is the weakest performance of the primary actors, but that’s still not bad considering the caliber of this cast. He does a nice job of letting Fletcher Christian evolve from a rather shallow, genial fop into a tortured leader of a mutiny. He seems to work a little too hard at being the tormented soul during the mutiny but it’s a good overall performance and does not detract from the story.
The Bounty does an especially fine job of showing the Tahitians as real people. The costumes and behavior feel completely authentic. Wi Kuki Kaa as King Tynah, although not on screen for very long, manages to create a fully realized and sympathetic character. Tevaite Vernette as Mauatua, Christian’s Tahitian wife, is lovely but a bit bland at first. Once the mutineers have left Tahiti on the Bounty, she develops into a stronger character who backs Christian when the other mutineers turn against him.
Roger Donaldson’s direction is deliberate. He builds the story slowly and purposefully, piling small scenes one atop another to build a foundation for the intense, emotion-laden scenes of the mutiny and its consequences. The pace may be too slow for modern viewers grown accustomed to the quick-cut editing of contemporary action/adventure movies, but the pay-off is worth the effort for those with some patience.
The Bounty is a beautiful movie. Wonderful cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson makes full use of the sea and tropical islands. There’s nothing quite like the appeal of a full rigged ship under sail and we get plenty of the Bounty – brilliant, sun-drenched shots, towering waves and howling winds around the Horn, silhouettes of the ship against color saturated evening skies, and more.
Of the three movies I’ve seen based on the story of the mutiny on the Bounty, this is my favorite. It is more historically accurate in its presentation of the events, the characters, the ship, and the Tahitian people and culture. A brilliant screen play and fine performances from an exceptional cast are the core of the movie. It is well crafted and beautifully filmed. The pacing may be slow for some, but for anyone interested in this famous mutiny or sea stories, in general, it is highly recommended.
Much the best film version of this timeless story
By far, my favorite adventure drama film, a great improvement upon the several previous film versions of this timeless story in terms of historical accuracy, realism, and characterization. Anthony Hopkins was unbeatable as Bligh and absolutely should have won the Academy Award. In contrast to some reviewers and critics, I found Mel Gibson entirely adequate as the real Christian who, just before the mutiny he staged, nearly decided on suicide as the only practical way out of his conflicting feelings of loyalty toward an increasingly abusive Bligh vs. longing for his Tahitian life and wife. It helped that Gibson was much closer in age to Christian’s actual age of 25 than the previous players: Clark Gable and Marlon Brando. Some reviewers object to the extensive realistic portrayal of bare-breasted man-hungry native maidens. I found this bit of realism a definite plus and, having married a South Seas maiden, continue to enjoy the view when not watching this film. I also liked the back and forth switches between Bligh’s official inquiry and the story of the Bounty and “Men Against the Sea”. My only complaint is the unmemorable somber opening and background music. It certainly could have used a rousing “Gone With the Wind”-type theme song.
The long voyage to Tahiti was relatively uneventful, except for the well-dramatized failed attempt to negotiate Cape Horn. The expedition was delayed well beyond its intended sailing date, thus obligating the undersized ship to attempt the always dangerous Cape Horn passage at an unfavorable time of year. In turn, this further delay caused the Bounty to arrive in Tahiti at a time of year unfavorable for the propagation of breadfruit trees. Thus, the stay in Tahiti was much longer than expected, which allowed the crew to form stronger romantic bonds with the native girls, as well as further habituating them to the relatively light duty and good food on the island: critical factors in deciding the support of certain crew members for Christian’s spur of the moment decision to stage a mutiny.
Another critical factor that allowed Christian to stage his mutiny is ignored by this, as well as previous, film versions. The British admiralty decided to skimp on costs of the expedition by not only providing an undersized ship for the task, but by failing to provide commissioned officers and marines, normally present on such voyages, who served to back up the authority of the captain. For one thing, there simply wasn’t room enough on this ship, fully laden with young breadfruit, to accommodate all these extra bodies. Also, there is the fact that Bligh was not a commissioned captain, only a lieutenant! The film also suggests that Bligh’s announced intension of returning to Jamaica via the dangerous Cape Horn was the last straw that encouraged some to join Christian’s mutiny attempt. This is pure fabrication! Bligh wasn’t about to alter his instructions to return to Jamaica via the Cape of Good Hope which, while also often a very difficult passage, at least didn’t threaten to kill the cold-sensitive breadfruits, if negotiated during the warm season. Thus, it seems plain that support for the mutiny rested solely on the contrast between the paradise of Tahiti and the return to naval drudgery and discipline, and some personal grievances against Bligh. The historical record indicates that Bligh was actually unusually hesitant to use prescribed physical punishment to enforce his discipline. But, his psychological abuse was at least as damaging and perhaps caused even more resentment. As the film dramatizes, Christian had accumulated an intolerable load of brow beatings by Bligh on the early homeward journey.Probably, Bligh’s increasingly negative attitude toward Christian, his former friend, partly relates to jealousy stemming from Christian’s popularity with the native girls. As the film dramatizes, the prudish aloof Bligh feels very uncomfortable in the leisurely, relatively free love, atmosphere of Tahiti, that the other men relish. Thus, he seems to his crew a different species altogether.
Thus, this film goes far, but not quite far enough, in transforming the affair from the 1935 version as an anti-fascist parable(in the mold of “The Adventures of Robin Hood”) into a much more historically correct presentation. The MGM powers of 1935 wanted a story with clear cut good and bad guys, with the bad guy a sadistic abusive authoritarian. In this film, who are the good and bad guys is much less clear. According to Gibson, the present film didn’t really go far enough in recognizing that Christian’s rash act was worse than Bligh’s character flaws. Although he didn’t know it at the time, except for Bligh’s superhuman leadership in the navigation of the small lifeboat to Timor, nearly all the crew would be dead within a few years as an indirect result of the mutiny he staged. To me, Christian and Bligh appear to be about equally culpable,with circumstances beyond their control an equal factor. No good guys, no bad guys, just frustrated imperfect human beings.
Now, we need an equal film treatment of the even more interesting lessons learned from the resulting Pitcairn Island disaster, which this film barely touches on.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 12 min (132 min), 1 hr 48 min (108 min) (West Germany)
Genre Adventure, Drama, History
Director Roger Donaldson
Writer Robert Bolt, Richard Hough, Ian Mune
Actors Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier
Country United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera J-D-C Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, London, UK (processing)
Film Length 3,633 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process J-D-C Scope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm