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April 13, 2013
I enjoyed this remake of the 1935 version. The scenery is beautifully done. Film was a bit long and Marlon Brando was not that likable as Fletcher Christian, but he was good.
March 30, 2013
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) -- [6.0] -- Marlon Brando plays Fletcher Christian and Trevor Howard takes on the mantle of the sadistic Captain Bligh in this remake from director Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front). The bloated run time (three hours) doesn't help the movie, and neither does a scarcity of closeups in the super-70mm framing. You never get into the minds of the leading characters and Brando is oddly uncharismatic as our hero. The ending is more protracted than the Cable/Laughton original film, milking the story for all the tragedy it is worth. I'm not sure which ending I prefer. Overall, a less-satisfying version of the story, but still good escapist fun boosted by exotic location photography and a brash romantic score by Bronislau Kaper.
March 10, 2013
The actors and casting makes Mutiny on the Bounty a bench mark with Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard and Richard Harris
½ November 3, 2012
Epic isn't the word for this 178 minute movie. Marlon Brando is brilliant as Fletcher Christian, as Trevor Howard is as Bligh. Colourful and ambitiously shot, this is a beautiful Roadshow epic, but it suffers from this in parts.

The music has a bombastic and yet low tone to it, leaving the audience with a sense of viewing a mature epic, and not just another MGM blockbuster.

Use of the wide angle 70mm lenses seem to prevent any real close ups and the film is almost epic for epic's sake. But it works well, and is entertaining. It is no Ben Hur and the 1984 version, "The Bounty" is still better in my view, but this is certainly the grandest voyage of the Bounty you're ever likely to see.
September 4, 2012
Great movie starts Marlon Brando as Fletcher, on a mission from england to negotiate with the locals of Tahiti for some breadfruit plants and other. What turns to be a very simple yet pleasure mission ends up being a hardship against his commanding officer Blight due to the mutiny that his was dealing to his own crew just to accomplish the mission. Are the lives of his men worth more than his mission? What are the costs?
August 12, 2012
Marlon Brando was magnificent in playing the suave debonair 2nd in command going to the rescue of the crew on the Bounty by going against the sadistic captain who gave limited water to his bread fruit plants than to his thirsty crew on deck. Scenes of a green hilly Tahiti took me back to scenes of the series 'Lost'.
½ June 26, 2012
Insufficient remake of the 1935 classic: this time, Marlon Brando portrays the hero Fletcher Christian, who is off on the infamous journey through to the South Indian Ocean. Trevor Howard plays the villainous Captain William Bligh, who dictates all orders and punishes those who do not respect him, including one poor John Mills (Richard Harris). It's in colour and has an okay score, but the acting does not compensate it, nor does its very long running time. Brando is generally considered to miscast as the title character (which was originally portrayed by Clark Gable), but I also did not like Trevor Howard that much either. Harris' performance is forgettable. Limp version of the famed story.
April 19, 2012
I dont care to watch.
½ April 14, 2012
Updated version of the classic, still good with a different ending!
½ April 9, 2012
A great colorful exotic adventure starring Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris.
January 21, 2012
Película correcta, quizá un poco larga, le sobra algo de la primera visita a Tahití, pero en general es una buena historia aunque con un final que te deja algo frío.
½ January 8, 2012
Brando's accent is weak, but his final scene is almost worth the epic length. Fantastic locales and cinematography. But not quite a classic .
January 7, 2012
Captain Bligh: "Now don't mistake me. I'm not advising cruelty or brutality with no purpose. My point is that cruelty with purpose is not cruelty - it's efficiency. Then a man will never disobey once he's watched his mate's backbone laid bare. He'll see the flesh jump, hear the whistle of the whip for the rest of his life."
½ November 17, 2011
The similarity of Brando's voice and Depp's, in several of his films, is uncanny. Brando's sarcastic, witty character makes an otherwise tediously long film into an amusing watch with a morale in the end...
½ August 28, 2011
i don't know the actual facts in this story - which is based on real events. but it was a pretty good telling of the story. brando does a really good job in his role - he makes you feel the conflict his character must have felt.
August 2, 2011
Looks like a pretty good film with an excellent cast and 2 different directors.
½ July 22, 2011
Much more enjoyable than the 1935 version, mainly thanks to Brando's surprisingly sensitive performance.
July 10, 2011
[80/B] All everybody hears about this epic are the controversies relating to its production, and its historical inaccuracies (really, are such things in a Hollywood movie that surprising to anyone?), and that's too bad because this is a rather majestic and visually gorgeous retelling of the old Bounty legend, full of sweeping Ultra Panavision Pacific vistas, as well as some very solid acting work in the lead parts.

Though long and deliberative and stretched to grandiose proportions, this Bounty escapes much of the pompous emptiness that characterizes many of the Hollywood epics so popular during the era, primarily because the simmering antipathies between Brando's Fletcher Christian and Howard's Bligh are so tangible and emotionally involving, but also because the two characters are crafted into more than just stock adventure cut-outs.

Brando no doubt willfully courted disapproval (though he pulls it all off with fine understatement) in affecting a dandified, insouciant, and eventually conscious-ridden gentleman Christian, through whose mounting dissatisfaction we come to grasp the stark divide between the grim realities of the British Navy (and British society) and the idyllic atmosphere of exotic, flowery Tahiti. Trevor Howard's Bligh, on the other hand, is all coiled discipline and imperious earnestness, a banty rooster of a self-made man who abides not fools. This is a wonderfully nuanced performance by Howard, whose portrayal lives on indelibly in the imagination.

The moment of reckoning between these two characters is a gripping scene that reveals the terrifying consequences of rising against an inescapable, unfeeling authority, and the sometimes exterminating doubt (and possibly questionable motivations) of those who stand for justice. This introspective anxiety colors the subsequent development of the yarn, which finds an ending of desperation amid tragic futility. All very good.
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