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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.
April 6, 2011
Best version with Brando!
March 17, 2011
"Do you really want to spend your life with a man who does not care for anything on this earth???"
March 6, 2011
A classic and three hours of movie history.
February 19, 2011
While the second half of the movie wasn't as strong as the first, it's still a great movie. Recommended.
February 15, 2011
1935 version much better than this bloated film
November 23, 2010
Really, the only reason to see this film would be to see where special effects were at during this time, as the script is very blunt, the characters are all stereotyped and the actual set design of the ship is bare bones.
November 8, 2010
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?
September 28, 2010
Historical inaccuracies aside, this is a good film. I'm a huge fan of getting it right, so I have a hard time giving it more than three stars. But it's a good family film. Great cinematography. Fine performances by Trevor Howard and Marlon Brando. Although Brando was burned at the stake for his "affluent and snobby attempt at a British accent" with the critics upon the movie's release. It is long though. Nearly 3 hours. Fix yourself a big bowl of popcorn and settle in for an entire afternoon of Hollywood adventure in the South Seas.
August 22, 2010
Epic movie. Marlon Brando is always amazing.
August 2, 2010
Gran producción, buena dirección de arte y bellos vestuarios, la fotografia es exquisita, la forma de fotografiar el barco tantas veces y que cada una paresca diferente es asombrosa, lamentablemente nadie se recuerda de esta produccion debido a que fue opacada por Lawrence of Arabia, pero eso no quiere decir que esta produccion no tenga merito.

Al principio no me convencia Brando en el papel de Mr. Christian, pero mientras va pasando la pelicula, cada vez convence mas, luce muy bien con el vestuario, la actitud que pone en el personaje es perfecta y no es como ninguno de los otros grandes personajes de Brando, se diferencia de los personajes que solia interpretar ya que este es educado, articulado y ademas pinta, pero de los anteriores adjetivos talvéz el mas notorio sea el que es articulado, Marlon Brando fue acusado de muchas cosas menos de eso, es famoso su tartamudeo y como trataba las palabras en los dientes, al principio su voz, parece ser el principal obstaculo, pero el lo maneja muy bien para que sea convincente, sin dejar de ser el, y asi ser natural.-
Super Reviewer
June 30, 2010
Booooring, I didn't even bother to watch disc two.
½ June 28, 2010
The attempt for realistic portrayal was tangible, and well achieved. The persuasion of Christian's movement towards higher virtues (the desire to sail the ship back to England, sacrificing a rather paradisiacal life on an unknown island with a beautiful, Tahitian bride), not as much. Overall, a thrill.
June 26, 2010
A miscast Marlon Brando and excessive length doesn't distract too much from epic cinematography, a magnificent score, and a stellar performance from Trevor Howard.
½ June 14, 2010
A pretty okay film although it did seem to drag on a bit. Brando of course does a real fine acting job, minus the bad British accent.
½ May 21, 2010
A movie that doesn't quite hold up to the Clark Cable film, but its still a very well done adaptation. I must admit that Brando's version was more entertaining in comparison.
May 2, 2010
Historically inaccurate retelling of the mutiny which is, nonetheless, extremely entertaining. The film is marvellously colourful, Marlon Brando's accent seemed fine to me, and he commanded every scene in which he appeared.
April 30, 2010
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess thorughout this movie....i think that hugh griffith, marlon brando, richard harris, trevor howard, tarita, richard haydn play good roles/parts thorughout this movie....i think that marlon brando/trevor howard were brilliant throughout this movie....i think that the director of this adventure/thriller movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie....this is an enjoyable/entertaining movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie n its a good sea adventure movie
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