The Bounty

1984

The Bounty

Critics 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.

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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 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.

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Cast

Mel Gibson
as Fletcher Christian Master's Mate
Anthony Hopkins
as Lieutenant William Bligh
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
Tavana
as King Tynah's Councillor
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Critic Reviews for The Bounty

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

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

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    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.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A great adventure, a lush romance, and a good movie.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 30, 2004
  • The Bounty ultimately tries to do too much ... it's a missed opportunity that needs trimming in some areas and extra time in others.

    Apr 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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