Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

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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.

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Lewis Milestone , Carol Reed


Charles Lederer (screenplay), Charles Nordhoff (novel), James Norman Hall (novel)

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Did You Know?


Marlon Brando later wrote a long letter to Trevor Howard apologizing for his behavior during filming. Howard was largely responsible for helping the American star win a libel action against a British newspaper concerning the film. He also agreed to appear with Brando in Morituri (1965).


Fletcher Christian: There'll be no more killing aboard this ship, not even Captain Bligh.
Captain Bligh: If that's an attempt to earn clemency,I spit on it.


Upon leaving Portsmouth harbor, Captain Bligh orders a starboard tack. Different shots show the yardarms/sails changing between a starboard tack and a port tack as the ship moves, then finally it is shown on a starboard tack in a distance shot.

Alternate Versions

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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