Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

DVD - 2004
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In 1789, the English ship H.M.S. Bounty begins a two-year mission. The ship travels to Tahiti to obtain breadfruit plants that will provide cheap food for slaves in the West Indies, the Bounty's final destination. The captain is William Bligh, a vicious taskmaster who doesn't flinch at giving two dozen lashes to any malcontent on board, for the most minor of infractions. The first mate is Lt. Fletcher Christian, who despises Bligh but has somehow earned the captain's respect. Bligh makes life miserable for the crew, and after the Bounty leaves Tahiti for the West Indies, Bligh orders the ship's doctor, a dying man, to stand on deck despite his illness. The doctor dies, which begins a chain reaction of anger leading to Christian leading a mutiny against Bligh.


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Nov 09, 2019

Clark Gable, as Fletcher Christian, provides a perfect balance of understated humourous control of the sailors and tightly-controlled restraint against the violent and demeaning outrages of Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton). The scenic ocean and shipboard scenes are authentic; and the staging and costuming are grand. A gripping portrayal of real historical events and major maritime milestones.

Jul 15, 2019

Charles Laughton is a masterfully benighted Captain Bligh while Franchot Tone plays the part of the as-yet unseasoned ensign with real aplomb. Yes, this film is quite a classic undertaking.

Jul 31, 2018

If you like actor, Clark Gable, then, you are sure to like "Mutiny on the Bounty". He is the real star of this picture not Charles Laughton who plays the meanie, Captain Bligh.

Set in the year 1787 - "Mutiny" is a high seas adventure story that starts its tale in England, then sets sail off to the tropical island paradise of Tahiti.

Now 83 years old - "Mutiny" was a huge MGM production back then that cost $2 million to complete. (That was big bucks in those days)

Jun 18, 2018

Even though it was actor, Charles Laughton who had received top billing for starring in this 1935 adventure-drama story - This was clearly Clark Gable's picture from start to finish. Indeed, it was.

And, if you are seriously looking for historical accuracy to entertain you with "Mutiny" - Then - Forget it!... This is Hollywood, folks, and, as expected, they are telling things their way, which means that "creative embellishment" rules the high seas here.

Anyway - I'd say that "Mutiny" had both its good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments. But, all-in-all - I think that this Academy Award winner was certainly well-worth a view.

My biggest complaint has to do with the casting of Charles Laughton as the notorious Captain Bligh character. Simply said - The repulsively pompous Laughton was downright unconvincing in his part.

Jun 14, 2014

Although there are two versions of Mutiny on the Bounty, for my money Charles Laughton and Clark Gable get the nod. The true story of the 1789 voyage of the HMS Bounty under the cruel Captain William Bligh. Laughton is perfect in the role as the stern captain and Clark Gable ably plays first mate Fletcher Christian.
P.PAlthough in black and white, it has the terrific cast to carry the movie. You should really enjoy this one! PS The features icon on the DVD gives 2 great pieces of film. One is a short documentary on Fletcher Christian after he took over the Bounty and took his small crew to a nearby island. It also has a two minute feature that is from the 1939 Academy Awards. I won't spoil it for you with more information, but believe me, this is a great package!

Jul 09, 2012

The only film in Oscar history that had three nominees for Best Actor: Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone (none won). Because of this, the the Best Supporting Actor category was introduced so this situation would not happen again. Personally, I would've picked Laughton. He was the epitome of the sadistic flog-happy Captain Bligh. Great classic. Huge production value. FIVE STARS.

Jan 18, 2010

Really good classic black and white movie!


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Jul 09, 2012

Captain William Bligh: "MISTER CHRISTIAN!!"


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