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'Your watch, Mr Christian. I must count the coconuts'.
on 25 July 2004
A true classic. If you need to convince anyone that films aren't as good as they used to be, this is the one to show them. Gorgeous photography, brought vividly to life in this impeccable transfer, a rattling good story, wonderful performances, and no expense spared on sets and locations.
This version is a fictionalised account, based on Nordhoff and Hall's novel rather than the true history. (For a more accurate retelling, check out the 1984 version, 'The Bounty'.) In terms of events it's broadly correct but of course, in keeping with a good adventure story, it presents Bligh as a sour-faced sadist rather that the complex, troubled character he really was. As such, Charles Laughton turns in a performance to relish, perhaps the greatest of his career.
If you can accept Clark Gable as a Cumbrian, this is a good old adventure movie of the very best kind, and a terrific film by any standards.
A fascinating bonus on this disc is the short documentary 'Pitcairn Today', showing life on the island as it was in the 1930s.