Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) - Adventure, Drama, History

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In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard
Length: 178 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 7 out of 98 found boring (7.14%)

One-line Reviews (82)

I think the biggest criticism of this film is that it's not the original, but still extremely well done under the circumstances and very entertaining.

Because he's Brando, he's always giving you something to chew on, but his lack of focus makes "Bounty" move even slower.

A thrilling high point is the storm at sea with Kaper's music rising to powerful intensity.

Overall, this 1962 film is inferior but it definitely worth watching.

His unexpected plea to his fellow mutineers at the end is an extraordinarily conceived and delivered moment in the film.

Indeed, as the film progresses, Christian's predicament is increasingly sympathetic and it is to Brando's credit that he remains engaging throughout.

Another thing should be pointed out for those of you who shy away from a long running time, at almost 3 hours, this film is gripping from the first minute to the last.

As for the story, I felt it was way too long, a good hour and twenty minutes probably could have been scrapped, every scene is too detailed and provides the audience with more information than they really need, and I found myself wanting it to be over before the adventure even began, which dosen't happen until roughly forty minutes in.

Has its faults, but fascinating, with strong performances .

I thought the running time to be far too long.

His one-dimensional sadism quickly becomes a bore for the audience.

This lavish remake, starring Marlon Brando as the mutineer Fletcher Christian and Trevor Howard as the cruel Captain Bligh, is not Oscar worthy,it is nowhere nearly as good as 1962's "Lawrence of Arabia", but it is still an impressive, entertaining film.

It is gorgeous and enjoyable.

It is highly entertaining with wonderful costumes, props and sets, fabulous locations and photography, and some terrific performances.

In addition to such beauty, the ship that was constructed (taking six months to make) is something awe inspiring that Hollywood has not done since.

That film has a more coherent narrative, is quite gripping and Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh is the film's best performance.

The gigantic bounty, the breathtaking location footage of Tahiti, the vast panaramic shots of the Atlantic Ocean, and the loud/proud moody score accented with Tahitian percussion.

Bligh is more down to earth, there is a certain timer for Christian to lead Mutineers, The island scenes are more exciting, the effects even though its not always about it are fun to see.

Compelling direction by Lewis Milestone who captures the feel of sea and harshness of the times .

Overall, despite its flaws, the movie is definitely worth watching, mainly because of the outstanding cinematography.

Brando much crucified for his foppish mostly passive Christian is nevertheless always fascinating to watch.

When the movie didn't hit like gangbusters, MGM's publicity machine moved quickly to "sandbag" their star, and the lemmings of the early 60s entertainment press corps swallowed the studio's propaganda whole.

Mel Gibson's version is the most accurate, but Brando's is the most epic, as well as the most compelling despite its 3-hour length.

The legitimate knocks against this version are that it is too long and Milestone lacks the inspiration to give the final staging the requisite tragic flourish.

The DVD extras showing the construction of the ship are fascinating.

It is now regarded as a slackly told adventure, yet highly entertaining.

It's way overlong but genuinely exciting at times (and even ONE genuinely exciting sequence in a movie is a rare thing), and well-mounted.

The scenes in Tahiti are gorgeous, and Tarita is stunning.

This is a more interesting plot to go with the movie and makes the scenes on the island more fast paced.

Furthermore, there are two fascinating performances by Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard.

Not only boasting a wide variety of colourful locations, from breathtaking, sun-drenched sea vistas to exotic beachscapes on Tahiti, it also includes some great actors, such as Marlon Brando, Richard Harris and Trevor Howard as the despicable captain Bligh.

The most captivating and compelling version of the Bounty story .

I was working in the script department at MGM when this film was being made, and every day there were reports of all the problems on the set, caused mostly by the pretentious Mr. Brando.

The storm scenes are well-made, but somewhat non-exciting and predictable in their development.

With all of the bad publicity surrounding the film relegated to the past, we can look at this film with a fresh viewpoint today and enjoy it for the entertaining blockbuster that it is.

Sure, the movie was entertaining, but it just was way too long and the storyline suffered from this.

This massive and spectacular MGM remake of MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY has purists moaning and received hard reviews in its day but as a big film on a bigger scale, I think it is massive and enjoyable entertainment.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Despite the few inaccuracies, Brando's version is the most engaging version of the famous mutiny and is one of my all-time favorite films.

Whenever action gets slow, i noticed that the weather would suspiciously choose to flare up.

Visually, this movie is stunning, which is probably due at least in part to the fact that unlike the '35 version it's obviously filmed in colour, which gives an entirely different feel to the scenes shot in Tahiti especially.

I like the obliviousness better to the Questioning of the original because it becomes more intriguing to watch.

Despite MGM's poor efforts 41-years ago, movie fans today can scoop up the old lion's fumble and enjoy this exciting high seas adventure/love story.

Breathtaking though overlong version based on historical deeds about known mutiny by Fletcher Christian against Bligh .

The film's most beautiful scenes, set in Tahiti and really shot there, blow you away, which compensates somewhat for the lack of plot interest there.

" (New York Times)Complete with furious storms at sea, exotic native ceremonies, magnificent South Pacific island scenery, 6000 Tahitian extras, and a larger-than-life performance by the legendary Brando, this remake of the 1935 original Mutiny on the Bounty is one of the most exciting and visually astonishing adventures ever made.

Instead, it's intriguing and (in keeping with a sea voyage) more adventurous than one might suspect.

This movie is in fact a highly entertaining sea story.

The infamous problems that plagued the shoot, however, would have made a fascinating making-of.

This movie Is a pointless and pathetic disgrace.

Perhaps that version more closely matches the historic events, but the Brando film is more involving and exciting.

The best part about this movie is the cinematography, the scenery is absolutely beautiful and it is visually stunning, the boat is one of the most impressive I've ever seen in a movie, if only the storyline and acting could have been as good as the set pieces then this film could have became an instant classic.

This movie is very entertaining.

A highly entertaining and unrated sea classic.

Brando ain't Gable, and this film is dull and overlong...

The bottom line, the movie is well worth watching.

Long and partly a fairy tale, it's still colorful and enjoyable.

But definitely worth watching.

He orders unbearable punishment upon any form of disobedience.

If you want to be entertained for 3 hours by an exciting adventure, than this is a movie for you.

It was exciting and wonderful, with a brilliant Charles Laughton.

It regards force and discipline in this stunning visual achievement.

Christian is played not only as an aristocrat, but also as a languid, foppish dandy.

Personally, I highly enjoyed it.

) The action scenes are epic compared to other versions, and that makes it worth watching.

It's as if MGM wanted to get its money's worth in production values at the cost of a truly compelling script.

An exciting and beautiful epic with amazing performances from Brando and Howard .

All I can say is that I found this remake well-made and very entertaining - at least three times better than "Ben-Hur".

One Worth Watching .

Entertaining and well-mounted.

However, he turns in an engaging performance that's the highlight of the film.

It's also a little unbelievable in its depiction of the love Christian had for Princess Maimiti (played by Tarita Teriipaia), but the gist is accurate, and it's a fascinating story.

I was watching a really boring drama about a shrink and his two patients when I couldn't take any more and flipped over to this.

It is not a perfect film, but it is undeniably entertaining.

In spite of the bad reception it received on first release the 1962 "Mutiny on the Bounty," is quite a wonderful production, and the most compelling filmed version of the story.

Secondly, Brando's death scene went on for too long, it did feel very drawn out.

This is a film that benefited from the long experience of director Lewis Milestone who made the groundbreaking "All Quiet on the Western Front", it benefited from Trevor Howard who as Captain Bligh, though older than his character, managed to make him tough, rough and far above the cartoon-version (though enjoyable) Charles Laughton played in 1935.

However, the stunning photography and amazing color, plus Howard and Brando, make it a worthwhile trip.

A sumptuous epic from the era of the Hollywood roadshow, "Mutiny" boasts some of the best photography of the 1960s courtesy of the masterful Robert Surtees and a rousing score by the less-remembered Bronislau Kaper.

I will credit it with being the only Bounty movie that tries to address what happened to the mutineers on Pitcairn Island---which is the most fascinating part of the entire Bounty story (will somebody PLEASE make a full-feature movie about Pitcairn Island?!

I think the biggest criticism of this film is that it's not the original, but still extremely well done under the circumstances and very entertaining.

It's dramatic, exciting, and beautifully shot.

Quite an irony for a movie that is still enjoyable in its own right.