The Bounty (1984) - Adventure, Drama, History

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Fed up with their Captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship's crew decides to take action.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins
Length: 132 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 107 found boring (8.41%)

One-line Reviews (65)

The film is shot beautifully and the story is compelling.

It certainly could have used a rousing "Gone With the Wind"-type theme song.

Liam Neeson had an early role here; uneventful.

It is far too long already.

It's intense, suspenseful and all round exciting, and the amazing score composed by Greek composer Vangelis; comes together with the brilliant performances to generate the immense sense of isolation and violence as the ship floats at sea, the crew becoming every minute more disenchanted with what they are doing and frustrated.

I wont go into these events here (to save giving the story away), but if you liked the film it's worth reading much of the literature that has been written about The Bounty to get the complete and fascinating account.

This is an engaging portrayal of the men of the sea who risked all they had to go on far away voyages.

The cinematography is stunning, and Roger Donaldson deftly directs such actors, not to mention shooting the ship sequences- strange that he never really became a household name.

On the whole, though, The Bounty is solid, well-crafted and absorbing viewing.

Th locations were perfect, the photography stunning and the music by Vangelis, wow, so in tune with the moods of the film.

I don't want to be too hard on this movie, and it's pretty hard to follow two previous versions of the same story, both of which were classics.

THE PLOT (***SPOILER***): The Bounty mutiny story is so fascinating because it's TRUE.

Watch it for the great cast and stunning story .

The disgruntled crew has many recognisable faces including Liam Neeson and Bernard Hill which makes the film all the more enjoyable.

Consisting of a cast filled with thespians and newcomers who would go on to shine on their own later The Bounty is a rousing sea story made all the more astonishing by the fact that it actually happened.

And I would suggest that anyone who likes this story to do the same - there's some fascinating stuff online about Christian, Bligh, and their ship: The Bounty.

A final confrontation before the mutiny itself between Hopkins and Gibson is riveting; Fletcher offers him a final out, a chance to renounce his totalitarian rule, and Bligh responds with seething disapproval, Hopkins shivering with sweat and a delirious rage.

I am among those who find the 1935 Bounty with Laughton and Gable the most exciting and entertaining.

It is also an uncomfortable film in that it deals with slow physical and mental degradation.

It has all aspects of a modern epic: stunning visuals with memorable moments, perfect music with decent atmosphere, top notch performances with true entertainment, great cast including late Laurence Olivier, and flawless action that constantly kept me on my chair.

The Bounty by Roger Donaldson is a rousing sea adventure with some fascinating character study and great acting.

The acting (particularly by Hopkins) is superb, and the cinematography and realism are stunning.

He's lying in his bed alone, looking up at the ceiling, sweating, realizing(correctly) that this freedom and peace and love will make the men want to stay and never want to leave, thus ruining the mission and breaking all the hearts of their families back home.

In any case, The Bounty is a gripping adaptation of this old classic, really quite a dual character study of captain and first mate, and a tale which provides genuine ambiguity as to exactly which one of them is in the right.

Other wise avoid it unless you want to take a nap during this boring , dull actionless movie!!!!

Compelling direction by Roger Donaldson who captures the feel of sea and harshness of the times .

Not the best Bounty, but visually stunning.

The cinematography is stunning, and Roger Donaldson deftly directs such actors, not to mention shooting the ship sequences- strange that he never really became a household name.

Mel Gibson does a capable, if uninspiring, job of portraying Fletcher Christian.

Tevaite Vernette as Mauatua, Christian's Tahitian wife, is lovely but a bit bland at first.

I finally got round to watching this film and I really enjoyed it.

Continuing my plan to watch every movie in Mel Gibson's filmography in order, I come to The Bounty (1984)Plot In A Paragraph: A more accurate re telling of the famous mutiny on the bounty featuring Fletcher Christian (Gibson) and Captain William Bligh (Anthony Hopkins)Gibson is OK here, if a little bland at times.

It's no surprise the story of the mutiny on the Bounty has been adapted to screen several times, as it can be both a fascinating adventure and a compelling psychological drama.

Having read "Mutiny on the Bounty", I was impressed by how accurate it was yet remained entertaining and compelling.

Daniel Day-Lewis, for the first and (so far) only time in his career, is uninteresting - the fact he was badly cast as a one-dimensional twit didn't help.

Definitely worth watching.

The acting was good, the cinematography outstanding and the story compelling.

The movie was alright with the exception of the romance between Christian and an Island native girl which I thought was kinda dull and trivial.

The screenplay and cinematography are quite superb, but what really keeps The Bounty "afloat" is the riveting, masterful display of Tony Hopkins as Lt.

The Tahiti sequences were filled with stunning, topless young ladies jiggling to and fro and giggling which is always a plus.

FINAL ANALYSIS: "The Bounty" is the most historically accurate and realistic version of the infamous mutiny even though Brando's version is the most epic, engaging and compelling.

These characterizations and events all lead up to the mutiny itself, a truly stunning scene.

If you are looking for a movie with a wonderful story great acting and breathtaking scenery with beautiful music, this is the movie for you.

I mean, the only film that I associate his soundtrack music to is the always entertaining "Blade Runner".

But speaking for myself, I enjoyed it a lot, it is a terrific complement to the other two, and a necessary one to have a more global and objective vision of the facts.

The Bounty by Roger Donaldson is a rousing sea adventure with some fascinating character study and great acting.

I was attracted by the golden age of big production values back in the 80s but ultimately pointless , they should've picked a hero .

But it is fascinating in how it approaches acquired copulation as a possible center of life — and then runs away.

Well it would be riveting, but this is not an explosion of anger for Bligh's character, merely the predictable end for such a despicably written captain.

Marlon Brando's 1962 remake is the most epic, captivating and compelling version even though it failed at the box office when released; indeed the '62 version is a masterpiece (see my review).

It's probably the most engaging historical battle of wills in movies since the clash of the colonels in Bridge on the River Kwai.

The realism worked at times (when the female Indians appear nude in front of the Englishmen on the boat) but placing the whole story as the way it happened wasn't so much interesting because it annoys a little, carries the movie into a dark but slow way, and it misses a little bit of adventure.

He builds the story slowly and purposefully, piling small scenes one atop another to build a foundation for the intense, emotion-laden scenes of the mutiny and its consequences.

The scenery was breathtaking.

There is so much in this portrayal that is irrefutably correct, and this fact alone makes it the definitive movie about a fascinating chapter in British Naval History.

The most fascinating parts of the true story come after the end of the film.

All in all, the film is definitely worth recommending, it remains to this day an intelligent,fascinating, and absorbing film.

When you're dealing with the wide canvas of history's most engaging mutiny, that's all you need.

Despite being in black & white, it is still a very powerful and compelling picture today.

Until the Bounty reaches Tahiti, the film plays out masterfully and is thoroughly absorbing.

It was absolutely stunning!

I found it compelling, beautifully shot, and exceedingly well-acted.

The second act has high points (the mutiny itself and Bligh's incredible adventures in the cast-off rowing boat being two examples) but is also rather plodding in patches as well.

Liam Neeson's characterization of the caged animal Churchill was gripping.

The story unfolds beautifully and is compelling from the first.