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The film stars Creator/AnthonyHopkins as Captain Bligh and Creator/MelGibson as head mutineer Fletcher Christian. Music/{{Vangelis}} composed the score. This film was originally supposed to be a pair of films directed by Creator/DavidLean for Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, but after [[DevelopmentHell a long production delay]] Lean left the project and Creator/RogerDonaldson directed. This film is also a notable case of RetroactiveRecognition; in addition to Hopkins and Gibson as stars, it features a young Creator/LiamNeeson as a mutinous sailor and a young Creator/DanielDayLewis as the most obnoxious of Bligh's officers.

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The film stars Creator/AnthonyHopkins as Captain Bligh and Creator/MelGibson as head mutineer Fletcher Christian. Music/{{Vangelis}} composed the score. This film was originally supposed to be a pair of films directed by Creator/DavidLean for Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, but after [[DevelopmentHell a long production delay]] Lean left the project and Creator/RogerDonaldson directed. This film is also a notable case of RetroactiveRecognition; in addition to Hopkins and Gibson as stars, it features a young Creator/LiamNeeson as a mutinous sailor and a young Creator/DanielDayLewis as the most obnoxious of Bligh's officers.
officers. (And Creator/LaurenceOlivier has a cameo as Admiral Hood.)


** Churchill (Creator/LiamNeeson), who stayed behind on Tahiti--"Maybe I have a lucky face"--was murdered by another mutineer, who was in turn killed by the Tahitians. Most of the other sailors who stayed behind on Tahiti either drowned when [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Pandora_%281779%29#Wrecked the ship that eventually fetched them wrecked]], or were hanged after returning to England. However, Peter Haywood (in the film, the young officer who lets Churchill and the others desert), was pardoned and returned to a long and successful career in the Royal Navy.

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** Churchill (Creator/LiamNeeson), who stayed behind on Tahiti--"Maybe I have a lucky face"--was murdered by another mutineer, who was in turn killed by the Tahitians. Most of the other sailors who stayed behind on Tahiti either drowned when [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Pandora_%281779%29#Wrecked the ship that eventually fetched them wrecked]], or were hanged after returning to England. However, Peter Haywood Heywood (in the film, the young officer who lets Churchill and the others desert), was pardoned and returned to a long and successful career in the Royal Navy.


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* YoungFutureFamousPeople: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Heywood Peter Heywood]], as a young and unfit junior officer. And ultimately, years later, one of the best hydrographers of his times.


-->They were friends through hell. They became enemies in Paradise.

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Paradise."''
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See also ''Literature/TheBountyTrilogy'', the trilogy of novels by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, or the two ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' films (1935 and 1962), which were adaptations of the first novel. Those novels and films were much less historically accurate than this film.

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See also ''Literature/TheBountyTrilogy'', the trilogy of novels by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, or the two 1935 film ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' films (1935 and 1962), or the 1962 film ''Film/{{Mutiny on the Bounty|1962}}'', which were both adaptations of the first Nordhoff and Hall novel. Those novels and films were much less historically accurate than this film.

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-->They were friends through hell. They became enemies in Paradise.


* GoingNative: Captain Bligh worries that this is happening to Christian and the men in Tahiti, and he is right. Fletcher Christian falls in love with a Tahitian girl, and the rest of the men are in no mood to submit to Royal Navy discipline again after enjoying quite a long vacation on Tahiti, with the surf and sand and sex with the island girls.

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* GoingNative: Captain Bligh worries that this is happening to Christian and the men in Tahiti, and [[DefectorFromDecadence he is right.right]]. Fletcher Christian falls in love with a Tahitian girl, and the rest of the men are in no mood to submit to Royal Navy discipline again after enjoying quite a long vacation on Tahiti, with the surf and sand and sex with the island girls.


** The film ends with the mutineers landing on Pitcairn Island and burning the ''Bounty''. It's rather melancholy, as they realize they are stuck there forever, but they have their home and their women. The film does not mention the violence and murder that led the mutineers and the Tahitian men that accompanied them to kill each other, leaving only one mutineer alive (along with a bunch of women and children) when an American ship found them on Pitcairn Island in 1818. (Descendants of the mutineers still live there today.)

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** The film ends with the mutineers landing on Pitcairn Island and burning the ''Bounty''. It's rather melancholy, as they realize they are stuck there forever, but they have their home and their women. The film An on-screen text then alludes to, but does not mention directly mention, the violence and murder that led the mutineers and the Tahitian men that accompanied them to kill each other, leaving only one mutineer alive (along with a bunch of women and children) when an American ship found them on Pitcairn Island in 1818. (Descendants of the mutineers still live there today.)


* UsefulNotes/TheLongitudeProblem: Not explained with lines of dialogue, but there, and a big problem for Christian towards the end. Christian knows what latitude Pitcairn Island is at, so he sails the ''Bounty'' east, figuring that eventually he'll hit the island. Unfortunately, since he can't get an accurate fix of longitude, he doesn't know how far away the island is. It turns out to be farther away than he guesses, leading his crew to the verge of a second mutiny ("There is no island!") before they finally see it.

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: As Bligh puts it, "I hope never to see Fletcher Christian again, unless to see him hang. How could he have betrayed my friendship towards him?"


--> '''King Tinah''': [showing her belly] You are here now. [[BilingualDialogue Tamari]]. [[note]]Means "child".[[/note]]

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--> '''King Tinah''': [showing her belly] You are here now. [[BilingualDialogue Tamari]]. [[note]]Means "child".[[/note]]Tamari'i]]. [[labelnote:translation]]"Child" in Tahitian[[/labelnote]]


''The Bounty'' is a 1984 film telling the story of the famous 1789 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutiny_on_the_Bounty mutiny on the British ship HMS ''Bounty'']], in which many sailors mutinied and cast their commanding officer Lieutenant William Bligh adrift on an open boat. Lt. Bligh and the men who were loyal to him (over half the crew) eventually made it to the Dutch colony on the island of Timor after a harrowing voyage across the ocean. The mutineers, led by first mate Fletcher Christian, made a home for themselves on Pitcairn Island in the south Pacific, where their descendants remain to this day.

The film stars Creator/AnthonyHopkins as Captain Bligh and Creator/MelGibson as head mutineer Fletcher Christian. This film was originally supposed to be a pair of films directed by Creator/DavidLean for Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, but after [[DevelopmentHell a long production delay]] Lean left the project and Creator/RogerDonaldson directed. This film is a notable case of RetroactiveRecognition; in addition to Hopkins and Gibson as stars, it features a young Creator/LiamNeeson as a mutinous sailor and a young Creator/DanielDayLewis as the most obnoxious of Bligh's officers.

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''The Bounty'' is a 1984 film telling the story of the famous 1789 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutiny_on_the_Bounty mutiny famous 1789 mutiny]] on the British ship HMS ''Bounty'']], ''Bounty'', in which many sailors mutinied and cast their commanding officer Lieutenant William Bligh adrift on an open boat. Lt. Bligh and the men who were loyal to him (over half the crew) eventually made it to the Dutch colony on the island of Timor after a harrowing voyage across the ocean. The mutineers, led by first mate Fletcher Christian, made a home for themselves on Pitcairn Island in the south Pacific, where their descendants remain to this day.

The film stars Creator/AnthonyHopkins as Captain Bligh and Creator/MelGibson as head mutineer Fletcher Christian. Music/{{Vangelis}} composed the score. This film was originally supposed to be a pair of films directed by Creator/DavidLean for Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, but after [[DevelopmentHell a long production delay]] Lean left the project and Creator/RogerDonaldson directed. This film is also a notable case of RetroactiveRecognition; in addition to Hopkins and Gibson as stars, it features a young Creator/LiamNeeson as a mutinous sailor and a young Creator/DanielDayLewis as the most obnoxious of Bligh's officers.


* ArtisticLicenseHistory: While this film is much more accurate than other versions and largely avoids HistoricalVillainUpgrade, presenting Bligh as a man with human flaws but one who didn't really deserve to be mutinied against, it does indulge in this trope when it shows Bligh planning to make another attempt at Cape Horn. This is depicted as the breaking point that triggers the mutiny. In RealLife this did not happen, as the ''Bounty'' was sailing west for the Cape of Good Hope when the men mutinied.



** Churchill (Creator/LiamNeeson), who stayed behind on Tahiti, was murdered by another mutineer, who was in turn executed by the Tahitians. Most of the other sailors who stayed behind on Tahiti either drowned when [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Pandora_%281779%29#Wrecked the ship that eventually fetched them wrecked]], or were hanged after returning to England. However, Peter Haywood (in the film, the young officer who lets Churchill and the others desert), was pardoned and returned to a long and successful career in the Royal Navy.

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** Churchill (Creator/LiamNeeson), who stayed behind on Tahiti, was Tahiti--"Maybe I have a lucky face"--was murdered by another mutineer, who was in turn executed killed by the Tahitians. Most of the other sailors who stayed behind on Tahiti either drowned when [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Pandora_%281779%29#Wrecked the ship that eventually fetched them wrecked]], or were hanged after returning to England. However, Peter Haywood (in the film, the young officer who lets Churchill and the others desert), was pardoned and returned to a long and successful career in the Royal Navy.


The film stars Creator/AnthonyHopkins as Captain Bligh and Creator/MelGibson as head mutineer Fletcher Christian. This film was originally supposed to be a pair of films directed by Creator/DavidLean for Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, but after [[DevelopmentHell a long production delay]] Lean left the project and Creator/RogerDonaldson directed.

See also ''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'', the trilogy of novels that were made into blockbuster films in 1935 and again in 1962. Those films, based on the novels by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, were not nearly as historically accurate as this film.

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The film stars Creator/AnthonyHopkins as Captain Bligh and Creator/MelGibson as head mutineer Fletcher Christian. This film was originally supposed to be a pair of films directed by Creator/DavidLean for Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, but after [[DevelopmentHell a long production delay]] Lean left the project and Creator/RogerDonaldson directed.

directed. This film is a notable case of RetroactiveRecognition; in addition to Hopkins and Gibson as stars, it features a young Creator/LiamNeeson as a mutinous sailor and a young Creator/DanielDayLewis as the most obnoxious of Bligh's officers.

See also ''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'', ''Literature/TheBountyTrilogy'', the trilogy of novels that were made into blockbuster films in 1935 and again in 1962. Those films, based on the novels by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, or the two ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' films (1935 and 1962), which were not nearly as adaptations of the first novel. Those novels and films were much less historically accurate as than this film.


** Blow me down! Shades of ''TheCaineMutiny'', matey!

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** Blow me down! Shades of ''TheCaineMutiny'', ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'', matey!


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