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The Bounty (1984)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 3

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.

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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.

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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

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Robert Bolt

Nov 21, 2000

MGM

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

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A great adventure, a lush romance, and a good movie.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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

Solid remake of the classic tale.

June 29, 2005
Lawrence Journal-World

An intricate layered character study and colorful adventure saga.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Star-power saves umpteenth adaptation.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Despite its flaws, this is a film that looks great, includes a memorable Hopkins performance, and is well enough written to keep us thinking rather than latching onto stereotypes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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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!
January 31, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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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.
March 29, 2011
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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!
August 20, 2007
StarCrossedVoyager

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Check this out on netflix instant. Great movie
February 5, 2011
Jeffrey Meyers

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    1. Lt. William Bligh: Mr. Christain, what is it?
    2. Fletcher Christian: Oh, it can wait Sir.
    3. Lt. William Bligh: What is is damn you.
    4. Fletcher Christian: The ship is sinking.
    5. Lt. William Bligh: Good.
    – Submitted by Austin G (2 years ago)
    1. Fryer: But I protest.
    2. Lt. William Bligh: You protest, do you?
    3. Fryer: I am Master of The Bounty.
    4. 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 (2 years ago)
    1. Churchill: William, about your decision to go around the Horn.
    2. Lt. William Bligh: William? Not sir? Not captain? William.
    3. Churchill: I don't think the men will have it.
    4. Lt. William Bligh: Oh, the men won't have it. Are they in charge of the Bounty?
    5. Churchill: They might be if you insist.
    6. Lt. William Bligh: Again. Will you repeat that, please?
    7. Churchill: The men might be in charge.
    8. Lt. William Bligh: What are you threatening me with?
    9. Churchill: It's not a threat, it's a warning.
    – Submitted by Faiz S (2 years ago)
    1. 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 (2 years ago)
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