The Bounty (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Bounty (1984)




Critic Consensus: Thanks in large part to its cast, and Anthony Hopkins in particular, The Bounty's retelling of the mutiny on the HMS Bounty is an intelligent, engaging adventure saga.

Movie Info

This fourth film dramatization of the 1789 mutiny aboard the H.M.S. Bounty is based not on the familiar Nordhoff and Hall book, but on Richard Hough's novel Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian. This time, the infamous Captain Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) is as strict a disciplinarian as ever. He is, however, no monster; faced with his crew's increasing laxity after an idyllic visit to Tahiti (the search for breadfruit takes second place to limitless sex with the island girls), Bligh is forced to resort to flogging and other such means to keep his men in line. Mr. Christian (Mel Gibson), formerly Bligh's friend, is of little use to the captain, having fallen in love with a native girl himself. Christian becomes the leader of the mutiny virtually in spite of himself; and when the mutineers try to seek refuge on Tahiti, they find that the local chief wants no part of them, which is why they settle for the nearly uninhabitable Pitcairn.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Bolt, Clive Exton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 21, 2000


Mel Gibson
as Fletcher Christian M...
Anthony Hopkins
as Lieutenant William B...
Laurence Olivier
as Admiral Hood
Edward Fox
as Captain Greetham
Liam Neeson
as Churchill
Wi Kuki Kaa
as King Tynah
Malcolm Terris
as Dr. Huggan
Simon Adams
as Heywood
Jon Gadsby
as Norton
Barry Dransfield
as Blind Fiddler
Steve Fletcher
as Valentine
Jack May
as Prosecuting Captain
Mary Kauila
as Queen Tynah
Sharon Bower
as Mrs. Bligh
as King Tynah's Council...
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News & Interviews for The Bounty

Critic Reviews for The Bounty

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

An intelligent, firstrate, revisionist telling of the famous tale of Fletcher Christian's mutiny against Captain Bligh.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It's all a brave try, though Gibson is perhaps not up to the demands of a Christian's progress from naive rating to self-loathing exile, and Donaldson's direction often verges on the stolid.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A great adventure, a lush romance, and a good movie.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

On the basis of three films, it is now possible to say that the Pacific Ocean is not Dino De Laurentiis's cup of tea.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

While no match for the revered classic that earned the Best Picture Academy Award for 1935 (Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Clark Gable and Charles Laughton), this is an intelligent retelling that relates the historic mutiny through an altered prism.

Full Review… | April 8, 2015
Creative Loafing

Hopkins brilliant perfomance adds complexity to Captain Bligh, and this intense and intelligent historical adventure is the third and best film version of the famous mutiny.

October 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for The Bounty

One of my fav adventure stories grandly told and with a grand cast. What adventure? Why nothing less than escape from the strictures of civilisation (seduced by what-is-still-the-dream: young, topless, and willing lasses in grass skirts, an adolescent fantasy for the ages, when wasn't this a fantasy?), back when there still was someplace to go to escape. Gibson, Olivier, Day-Lewis (nearly steals the film), and Neeson are all very good, but the film belongs to Hopkins as good ol' Cap'n Bligh, three cheers, men, hip, hip, hooray!

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This movie is really good,i thoroughly enjoyed it.
Its interesting and i must say antony hopkins is on top form with brilliant acting from him and the entire cast.
Its a beautifully depicted and well wriitten movie thats worth the watch.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Could have done with less nudity but a good story and its amazing how he survived on that boat with nothing to eat or drink! Doesn't look like Mel Gibson but he was hot so oh well lol!

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

The Bounty Quotes

Lt. William Bligh: Mr. Christain, what is it?
Fletcher Christian: Oh, it can wait Sir.
Lt. William Bligh: What is is damn you.
Fletcher Christian: The ship is sinking.
Lt. William Bligh: Good.
– Submitted by Austin G (4 years ago)
Fryer: But I protest.
Lt. William Bligh: You protest, do you?
Fryer: I am Master of The Bounty.
Lt. William Bligh: And I am Commander, by law! I am the first. Do you understand? God damn your hide, and now you may dismiss, sir!
– Submitted by Faiz S (5 years ago)
Churchill: William, about your decision to go around the Horn.
Lt. William Bligh: William? Not sir? Not captain? William.
Churchill: I don't think the men will have it.
Lt. William Bligh: Oh, the men won't have it. Are they in charge of the Bounty?
Churchill: They might be if you insist.
Lt. William Bligh: Again. Will you repeat that, please?
Churchill: The men might be in charge.
Lt. William Bligh: What are you threatening me with?
Churchill: It's not a threat, it's a warning.
– Submitted by Faiz S (5 years ago)
Lt. William Bligh: Well, gentlemen, between ourselves and home are 27,000 sea miles,the Endeavour Straits and the Great Barrier Reef. Now the crew is deeply demoralised, gentlemen, and I must accept, as every captain must accept, the inevitable and theoretical responsibilty for that.The actual and immediate responsibilty, however, I place on you, my fellow officers, who met this crisis with lethargy, impudence and flagrant defiance publicly uttered. And perhaps also for that, I am to blame. I counted on a strength of character which you do not possess. However, the cure for our predicament is discipline. And I shall apply it with an even hand, of course, but most where it is most required. Yes, well that will be all. Thank you. You may leave now.
– Submitted by Faiz S (5 years ago)

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