The Bounty

The Bounty

Roger Donaldson (1984)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Although this is the third Hollywood account of the infamous 1789 mutiny, it's not a remake. Unlike the Charles Laughton/Clark Gable or Trevor Howard/Marlon Brando versions, this sticks closely to historical fact. Consequently, Lieutenant - as he was at the time of the mutiny - William Bligh emerges as a gentleman bound by duty and loyalty who expected nothing less of his crew, while Fletcher Christian comes across as a man driven by heartfelt but half-digested notions of liberty and romance. It was undoubtedly a bold move for Mel Gibson to play such an antihero, but, despite his efforts, he is acted off the screen by the magnificent Anthony Hopkins, whose dignity and determination hold together Roger Donaldson's highly intelligent film.


Fact-based drama about the mutiny on board HMS Bounty against Commanding Lieutenant William Bligh. As naval discipline breaks down while docked in Tahiti, the commander resorts to harsh measures to keep the crew in line. However, his seamen respond to his brutality with insurrection, and Bligh and his loyalists are cast adrift in a lifeboat, while the mutineers go in search of a haven safe from retribution. With Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins and Laurence Olivier.

Cast & Crew

Fletcher Christian Mel Gibson
Lieutenant William Bligh Anthony Hopkins
Admiral Hood Laurence Olivier
Captain Greetham Edward Fox
John Fryer Daniel Day-Lewis
Cole Bernard Hill
Smith John Sessions
Young Philip Davis
Churchill Liam Neeson
Nelson Simon Chandler
Doctor Huggan Malcolm Terris
Quintal Neil Morrissey
Ellison Dexter Fletcher
Director Roger Donaldson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Thorn-EMI Screen EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence and nudity.Available on: video and DVD