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Plot: The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a ... Runtime: 178 mins Release Date: 08 Nov 1962
When the news broke that MGM had the audacity to remake the hallowed 1935 classic `Mutiny on the Bounty' starring Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, the critics were aghast. As the news leaked out about trouble in production, they whipped themselves into a self-righteous frenzy. Brando was a lightening rod for criticism because he was renowned as arrogant hothead. Compared with Gable, who was universally loved and adored, Brando was a boor. It was almost sacrilegious to put Brando in any part Gable had played. When the film opened, it never had a chance. It was ripped to shreds. Brando was <more>
ridiculed as a lower class character actor who couldn't step up to the part, and derided for his dreadful attempt at an English accent. The film was a box office loser and critics smugly declared they told us so.The film was beset by problems throughout production. The full-scale replica of the Bounty arrived on location two months after the film was scheduled to begin shooting. There were three deaths among the film's personnel and the film ran well over budget. The biggest problems were the result of Brando's constant temper tantrums as he tried to rewrite the entire film from the set. At least six writers came and went. After countless confrontations, director Carol Reed gave up and quit to be replaced by Lewis Milestone `All Quiet on the Western Front' . Milestone was an utterly intractable director that Brando couldn't bully. The result was a battle between the immovable object and the irresistible force, with daily emotional pyrotechnics that further delayed the film. Although Milestone usually prevailed in the fracases, this film turned out to be his last in a 37-year career.Over the years, the critics have continued to pillory the film, but the public generally receives it more favorably as time passes. Though I often disagree with the masses, in this case I concur. Having seen both the 1935 and 1962 versions, I prefer the latter. Gable is clearly more charming and dashing in the role, but Brando gives the more complete performance. Gable's Christian seems far less ruffled by the events that transpire on the Bounty, whereas Brando accomplishes a believable transition from the cavalier rogue to an honorable hero who endures self-torment over the treasonous act. Though Brando's English accent is oft ridiculed, I have heard far worse. Part of the problem probably stemmed from the fact that the accent he attempted to imitate was very upper crust and he delivered it with a certain sneering tone that made it seem like he was mocking the English. Just hearing that accent from the same lips that gave us, `I coulda been a contenda' was a kind of ironic comedy unto itself.Between the Bligh portrayed by Charles Laughton and that depicted by Trevor Howard in the remake, Howard wins hands down for pure detestability. Most of the production values, such as music, set design and costumes were superior in the remake. Moreover, the remake was more historically accurate than the original.The film features a youthful Richard Harris in the role of Mills, who gives an excellent performance of the petulant sailor. Also noteworthy is the lovely Tarita, a native Tahitian who plays Christian's love interest Maimiti, and does a scorching belly dance. This was Tarita's only film, but to anyone who has seen the film, she will not be soon forgotten.This is an excellent film. It was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, but it was shut out, trampled by `Lawrence of Arabia'. It is highly entertaining with wonderful costumes, props and sets, fabulous locations and photography, and some terrific performances. Though many will disagree, I rated it a 10/10. If one can step back from the controversy that swirled around this film when it debuted, it is an easy film to enjoy.
Superior entertainment in the grand old style! (by CinemaBrit@aol.com)
This is a fabulous movie. Sumptuous production, good screenplay, excellent performances, beautiful cinematography and a majestic musical score.Story follows the crew of British Naval vessel 'The Bounty' on its mission to transport 'bread fruit' plants from Tahiti to Jamaica, as food for the slaves there. Unrest is almost immediate, with the Captain Howard and his first officer Brando disagreeing over the appropriate punishment for a sailor's minor infraction. Things only get worse during the voyage as the harsh Captain responds severely to anything that opposes his <more>
ambition to please the admiralty with a speedy voyage. The crew's time spent in the paradise of Tahiti particularly with regard to the naked and willing women fills them with such pleasure that the prospect of a return voyage under such cruelty is unbearable. Events finally reach a summit on the way to Jamaica, when a mutiny takes place and the Captain is set adrift with most of those in disagreement with the first officer. However, this is far from an absolution for both sides...For many the film is measured by the performance of Marlon Brando in the lead role, and it is easy to see why. His first officer, Fletcher Christian, is unlike anything from him in memory; however, taken as it is: an effeminate, fair-minded character forced into an extreme dilemma, the result is a complicated man, extremely well played. Indeed, as the film progresses, Christian's predicament is increasingly sympathetic and it is to Brando's credit that he remains engaging throughout. His unexpected plea to his fellow mutineers at the end is an extraordinarily conceived and delivered moment in the film.Trevor Howard plays Captain Bligh with poise and relish. The character is completely arrogant and utterly loathsome, but never less than believable. This villain is all the more frightening because his cruel methods never stray outside the 'official' Naval regulations, as he is keen to point out. Of the supporting players, Richard Harris' roguish Mills and Richard Haydn as the Royal botanist and film's narrator make the strongest impressions. Overall acting is very good.Vivid use is made of the exotic island locations on which a considerable time is spent and the vast, isolating ocean vistas.Overall impression is of grand scale and spectacle, but illustrated with the intelligence and humanity of the scenario. Near-perfect filmmaking in glorious, old-fashioned style!
A Superb Example of Classic Movie Making! (by diegosantti)
Nominated for seven academy awards  including Best Picture, "this spectacular movie of grandeur and intimacy, sex and humor, cruelty and nobility" The Hollywood Reporter stars two-time best actor winner Marlon Brando The Godfather, On the Waterfront as Fletcher Christian, a high-born English aristocrat and elegant gentleman turned Naval Lieutenant and able first officer, whose honor is inseparable from his humanity. Also in an impeccable performance, Trevor Howard's steely, sadistic Captain William Bligh commands by contempt, as malevolent toward his officers as to the <more>
crew he tortures. In idyllic Tahiti, exquisitely captured by Academy Award winner Best Cinematography Robert L. Surtees, Christian is seduced by Miamiti. She is portrayed by "enchanting Tarita, a 19 year-old native whose swaying hips find their own varying levels of audience appreciation." Daily Variety . "Mr. Brando's steel-spring vigor when the patience of Fletcher Christian snaps and he whiplashes into the fateful incitement of mutiny is truly electrifying." New York Times Complete with furious storms at sea, exotic native ceremonies, magnificent South Pacific island scenery, 6000 Tahitian extras, and a larger-than-life performance by the legendary Brando, this remake of the 1935 original Mutiny on the Bounty is one of the most exciting and visually astonishing adventures ever made. "A superb blending of direction [Lewis Milestone], photography and special effects" Variety this movie became an instant classic and still lives to this day as the best rendition of the re-telling of this true story. Very rich in visual imagery and complimented by a mesmerizing original music score Bronislau Kaper , this film features some of the best dialogue and character portrayals of recent memory too many to name here, but worthy of note is Hugh Griffith, Richard Harris, and Noel Purcell . Truly a classic in the true sense of the word, and a must see film for all connoisseurs of fine movie making! A superb motion picture! Excellent!
Epic Movie-making with noteworthy performances (by jdkraus)
It seems that the 1950s and 60s were the decades where they made three-hour epics. Hollywood has not done many since then except for the "Lord of the Rings" films . "Mutiny on the Bounty" is another one; nominated for seven Oscars and yet receiving none. It's obvious that "Lawrence of Arabia" is the better film of 1962 winning seven Oscars , but this is extremely well made. The one thing I can't help notice is the beauty that such old films capture that most modern-day ones use up for visual effects. The scenes in Tahiti are so grand from the extras and <more>
wonderful costume designs to the wide lenses camera shots and amazing cinematography. The creators of this movie brought an earthly paradise to life without CGI. This, I find amazing! In addition to such beauty, the ship that was constructed taking six months to make is something awe inspiring that Hollywood has not done since. Every detail on "The Bounty" was made as it looked in the 1700s. That's incredible, adding much authenticity to such a well-known story and time period.Not only does epic movie-making deliver this film. Marlon Brando, as he does with every role, gets deep into his character, making something out of the mutineer Christian Fletcher. Trevor Howard is sadistic as Captain Bligh. Richard Harris and the gorgeous Tarita are fair as Mills and Fletcher's lover Maimiti. "Mutiny on the Bounty" seems to be a forgotten epic, but it should not be due to its wonderful film-making and noteworthy performances. 9/10
For the life of me, I have never been able to understand why the 1962 version of the "Bounty" tale is so maligned. It is a magnificent movie, stunningly photographed. It is not a perfect film, but it is undeniably entertaining. I actually dare I say it? enjoy it more than the original 1935 version that is so revered.I can understand that some viewers balk at Marlon Brando's affected foppishness. IMO, however, the actor is taking a calculated risk in attempting to illustrate the profound transformation that Fletcher Christian undergoes as the story progresses. It does not <more>
always ring true, but, taken as a whole, it works very well. Some moments are brilliant. By the time we reach the actual mutiny, his growing rage which has been suppressed almost imperceptibly up to this point explodes in a massive rush and instantly we see a side of Christian that we weren't quite sure existed. His self-serving has finally given way to inevitable sympathy for the much-abused crew and even a sort of new-found idealism.However, it is Trevor Howard's performance as Lt. Bligh which is the backbone of this movie. This man IS Bligh. At first he seems approachable and even affable, but each succeeding scene reveals some new brush stroke of character that illustrates the single-minded, ruthless soul of stone contained within. Howard also has this playfully mischievous smile that, every now and then, leads you to believe that there may be some glimmer of warmth inside the man. This hope, of course, is dashed to pieces every time."Mutiny on the Bounty" is also a strong example of how a soundtrack can make a film. This music always gives me goosebumps. From the overture through intermission to closing, it sets the tone of the picture brilliantly as a seafaring drama/adventure. It sounds like the ocean. It sounds the way the cinematography looks. Vast panoramas of blue ocean, endless skies, lush green tropical islands, and, most of all, the ship itself which was built specifically for this film . And the icing on the cake is the song "Follow Me", one of the most hauntingly beautiful melodies ever written for the screen. To me here I go again , it sounds like Tahiti.Watch "Mutiny on the Bounty" in letterbox and full stereophonic sound and THEN see if you don't like it.
Is it Better then The 1935 Version? (by michaelhirakida)
Mutiny on the Bounty is the remake of the 1935 film and the fourth film telling of the Mutiny. Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard star in this exploding epic as Fletcher Christian and William Bligh. Now I'm going to compare this film a lot with the 1935 version to see which version is better. Lets start of with Captain Bligh because that's the thing I want to talk about the most. Charles Laughton's performance in the original was an overly hammy performance that is laughable and while certainly not a bad performance it could have been much better. Trevor Howard as Captain Bligh is a <more>
more down to earth performance and I like it much more because its not always overacting and is more subtle. Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian is good. But he seems to old to play the part of him. Christian was at least 23 years old when the Mutiny took place and here he looks like he is in his late 20's.The story has a bit more spice to it. In the original, they go to the Tahitian islands trying to get breadfruit and immediately get it. Here, there is a conflict. The season for the breadfruit to grow has just begun and also they have to settle a conflict after Christian is in love with the chief's daughter. This is a more interesting plot to go with the movie and makes the scenes on the island more fast paced. The Mutiny has more development in this film then it does in the 1935 version. In the 35' version, Christian seems to always be questioning Bligh's punishments and then when he has had enough, he tells everyone to go on a Mutiny. Here, Christian is oblivious to the all the crews problems with it until something triggers him to take over the Ship. I like the obliviousness better to the Questioning of the original because it becomes more intriguing to watch.The ending is another thing. The 35' version ends happily where Christian and the others burn the Bounty and start a new life on an island. Here, Christian wants to go back to Britain and trial against Bligh which leads to the ship of the Bounty being burned and Christian dying as in the last shot we see the ship falling apart. I mean, this is a good ending. But this ending is Inaccurate to how he died. They got into a conflict with Pitcairn people who inhabited the island which they completely overlook in this version and say no one is there. The ending is much better in the 35' version because they go to the Pitcairn island and live their life there until they are killed. This makes more sense then to just have a bunch of Inaccurate stuff like this. Also they don't show what happens after they are on the island. So Which version do I think is better? Well since I looked at four parts of the movie. I say the 62' version is better. Its not because it is new. Its because they improved mostly everything the original had in it. Bligh is more down to earth, there is a certain timer for Christian to lead Mutineers, The island scenes are more exciting, the effects even though its not always about it are fun to see. I say check both versions out to see what you think. But overall, I think I like this version better.93/100 A-
I wonder if they made more three-hour-plus films in the 1960s than any other decade? It seems that way. Here is another one. This also is a re-make from a 1935 version of the famous storyI liked this 'Mutiny On The Bounty' better than the critics did, who got annoyed at Marlon Brando's British accent. I found nothing wrong with it and I usually am critical about that sort of thing myself. Brando gave a solid performance.Trevor Howard was convincing as the sadistic "Captain Bligh" and Tarita was fair as the love interest "Maimiti." The cinematography might have <more>
been the best feature of the film, a definite movie for widescreen as a lot of these mid '50s-to-mid '60s films were. There are some beautiful shots in here, beginning with those Tahiti sunsets. The color in this movie is magnificent.Although not particularly a film you might watch over and over, I found no major fault with it except for perhaps the romance which was a bit sappy. The adventure, acting and photography were all top-notch and the three hours went by fairly fast.
Remarkable Director Lewis Milestone's last film was the Marlon Brando / Terence Howard version of Mutiny on the Bounty. Perhaps the best of the scores of films based on the true story of this 18th century event, Milestone's epic sea adventure features phenomenal cinematography, a great script and a unique dedication to actual historical naval etiquette - despite a lack of dedication to the facts behind the actual historical mutiny. Exquisitely filmed, Mutiny gives us a real ship, a real crew, and what appears to be a real ocean and real islands. The effect of all of this reality is <more>
stunning, and I couldn't help but wonder how much this effort would cost today.Brando Fletcher Christian pulls off an elite British accent with only a little struggle, and gives Mr Christian a uniquely roguish interpretation. Terence Howard appears to have been born to play Captain Bligh. Richard Harris makes a nice early appearance as Mills. Young Polynesian dancer Tarita plays Maimiti - sadly, her only film appearance thus far. Brando's charisma was near its apex in this film and his brooding, idealistic and very suppressed but angry interpretation of Fletcher Christian is spot-on. Brando's signature odd facial expressions occasionally send mixed messages to the audience and help add to the dramatic tensions of the story.The Director's Guild gave Milestone a Greatest Achievement award for this film. And it is well-deserved. The categories in which Milestone's Mutiny probably deserved an Oscar - Cinematography, Sets and Special Effects - were all dominated in 1963 by films which rank among cinema's most visually impressive - Lawrence of Arabia and The Longest Day. I prefer an ocean of water to an ocean of sand, so my entirely subjective opinion is that Mutiny deserved at least the effects and cinematography awards for this great year in film.
27 years after the acclaimed 1935 Best Picture of the year Mutiny on the Bounty came out MGM decided for a remake that would be shot on location in the South Seas and on the wide screen in color. It was a grand plan but the film nearly bankrupted the studio. But as they usually did, MGM just re-released Gone With The Wind to put in the black again.One thing I will say this version of Mutiny on the Bounty looks magnificent. Color Cinematography was one of seven Academy Award nominations this film received and this is the one it should have won with. Unfortunately the film was up against <more>
Lawrence of Arabia and that was the film that beat it out in almost every category including Best Picture.But that this film got made at all was a miracle. Sir Carol Reed started out as the director and in a contest of wills with Marlon Brando was replaced by Lewis Milestone in what turned out to be his last film. Brando didn't get along with either of his co-stars Richard Harris or Trevor Howard although he later appeared with Howard in the highly underrated Morituri. Hugh Griffith was drinking so bad that he got fired and his character written around. Brando's interpretation of Fletcher Christian as a Regency fop was criticized, but in actuality it may have been closer to the truth than Clark Gable's rugged Christian from 1935. There is so little we do know about the man. Even his end on Pitcairn Island which none of the three American produced efforts have told the real tale of. In fact I think the ending here is a rather dumb one and cheats the film.Howard is a rugged Captain Bligh, a worthy seaman with a touch of sadism in his makeup. But you have to also remember that the crew of a Royal Navy ship of the line was not made of volunteers for king and country. The press gangs were most efficient in drafting their crews from the streets and grog shops of London, Dover, Liverpool, Bristol or Southampton. That fact was best brought out in the 1935 version. All Howard knew was that he had a mission to get those breadfruit plants to the West Indies by a certain time period. The plants had to be alive even if the men weren't. Why time was so important though is something I can't fathom. Great Britain was not at war, didn't Bligh think to put in for supplies maybe in Chile going east or even in some British possession maybe India sailing back west? And fresh water for the men and the accursed breadfruits.Even though it came up short Oscar time and the cost overruns nearly bankrupted MGM the 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty is still an impressive achievement for a cast that hated each other. Something like the New York Yankees with Billy Martin-George Steinbrenner-Reggie Jackson and the rest of that cast and crew.