Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.
Marlon Brando refused the film twice, and both roles, Bligh and Christian, before signing on for five hundred thousand dollars against ten percent of the gross, plus five thousand dollars a day if shooting went over-schedule. It did nothing else, and his overtime, alone, hit one million dollars. After shooting for two months, Brando decided he'd rather play the botanist (Richard Hayden).
You bloody bastard! You'll not put your foot on me again!
Captain Bligh: Thank you! Thank you! I've been puzzling for a means to take the strut out of you, you posturing snob. Now, you've solved that for me, haven't you? You have witnessed Mr. Christian's act of ...
When Bligh lands on the beach in Tahiti he orders the cutter in close. As he walks up the beach a sailor in the background from the cutter jumps out of the boat leans down and puts on a pair of sunglasses.
The original 1962 print had a different opening scene, in which a ship's crew lands on Pitcairn and discovers an artifact belonging to the H.M.S. Bounty. They can barely read the name until William Brown (Richard Haydn), now aged, appears on the beach and says "Bounty". He then proceeds to tell the story of the famous mutiny, of which he is apparently the last surviving member. That is why we hear his voice narrating the story. In all current prints, including the one shown on Turner Classic Movies ca. 2005, this opening scene is omitted, so we do not know why Brown is telling the story in voiceover. However, the scene has been restored on the 2006 DVD release.
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