- Alternate Character Interpretation:
- While Lieutenant (not Captain) Bligh can seem rather acid-tongued to his men, his bark is generally worse than his bite. He has some deserters flogged, while standard naval procedure at the time called for the death penalty. He proves his worth as a seaman by navigating the open launch from Tonga to Timor with one brief stop.
- This movie went a long way to restore some of Bligh's reputation, which had been tainted by the earlier movies that painted him as a complete monster. Especially by focusing on that incredible voyage to a safe port in an open skiff with only one man lost.
- Awesome Music: Once again, Vangelis manages to make a modern-day electronic score work in a period film. The end credits theme is especially memorable with its melancholy piano melody and ethnic-sounding percussion effects.
- Awesome Moments: Bligh successfully navigating all the way to Timor◊, then nonchalantly reporting the mutiny the moment he arrives in port.
- Harsher in Hindsight: A meta example - during production, Anthony Hopkins, himself a reformed alcoholic, expressed worry about Mel Gibson's heavy drinking, stating that he was "in danger of blowing it unless he [took] hold of himself." Considering how Gibson's life later deteriorated, culminating in his infamous anti-Semitic tirade and arrest for Domestic Abuse, it would seem Hopkins' warnings went unheeded.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Values Dissonance: Bligh's discipline can seem very harsh to modern eyes, but he was fairly lenient by the standards of the time. Indeed, Bligh's biggest problem was that he was too nice a guy to be the captain of a ship in those days. He let discipline go to hell, and when he finally did try to crack down, it was too little, too late.
- Wangst: How much Bligh was a tyrant and how much Christian was a whiny emo-boy is open to debate.
YMMV / The Bounty