The Bounty [DVD] 
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A revisionist remake of the famous maritime story. Captain William Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) is in charge of the Bounty as it endures a long and harrowing voyage across the South Seas. When the ship reaches Tahiti, and the crew go to shore in search of breadfruit, they soon become used to the island life and rebel against Bligh when he commands that they now return to England. To make matters worse, Bligh's first mate, Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson), falls in love with a native and refuses to help quell the mutiny.
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A young Mel Gibson impresses as the weak-willed Fletcher Christian, drawn into rebelling more by place and circumstances as well as by a crew of thugs with dirty mugs than a clichéd catalogue of tyranny, but it's Anthony Hopkins' film all the way. Before his irretrievable descent into ham he was a much more restrained screen actor, and his Captain Bligh is a much more interesting creation than you suspect he'd manage today. Fighting his own demons in a permissive place that rips away the moral repressions of his crew and creates a culture of defiance and inertia that he is unable to combat by either understanding or discipline (if anything, Bligh's fault here is that he is too slack on the men for too long before disastrously overcompensating on the return voyage), the film is punctuated by images of his desperately haunted face as he is faced with the realization of his escalating failure and impotence.Read more ›
The camera work is wonderful - fittingly, the shots of the Tahitian shoreline and Vangelis' typically atmospheric music conjure up both an image of paradise as well as a premonition of doom.
The cast is first rate. Hopkins is on great form as Lt Bligh. Mel Gibson, not one of my favourite actors, is also great as Fletcher Christian. It would be easy to praise every single cast member - there are so many familiar faces from TV it's nice to see them in such a great film. Two worthy examples are Liam Neeson as the Irish ruffian Churchill, and Daniel Day-Lewis as a rather unpleasant John Fryer.
The action alternates between the voyage and the Admiralty hearing where Bligh has to account for his actions and persuade the Board that the loss of the Bounty was indeed a mutiny. This works vey well as the hearing is kept brief, concentrating mainly on the fateful voyage itself.
Of course, the main issue is whether Bligh led his men to mutiny by driving them too hard. In my opinion, this film treats this issue ambivalently. There are signs at the beginning that Fryer and Christian are not going to get on with Bligh - Fryer questions Bligh's route and gets sharply rebuked, while Christian refers to the voyage flippantly as a greengrocery trip, which Bligh decides to ignore. The real conflicts occur in Tahiti, where ship discipline evaporates into thin air when the men are confronted with the sensual pleasures of Tahitian life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping for an accurate re-creation of the legendary mutiny tale but what I got instead was a soapy Carry On film without jokes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kirky
Great film excellent casting great locations and at a used price.disc like brand new for a few pence including p&pPublished 12 months ago by shag!!!