Adapted from Richard Hough’s book, Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian, The Bounty is the fourth feature dramatization of the 1789 mutiny aboard the HMS Bounty. The story is told in flashbacks by Captain Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) who is explaining the loss of his ship to Admiral Hood (Laurence Olivier) and the British naval board.
He chronicles how he, his first mate Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson) and the crew set sail on the Bounty to acquire breadfruit in Tahiti. The long and difficult voyage brings Bligh into conflict with his crew and upon arrival in Tahiti, the men find the allures of the island too much to resist. Unable to restore order, Bligh resorts to brutal disciplinary measures. Christian leads the crew in a mutiny and casts Bligh and his supporters off the island in a lifeboat.
David Lean acquired the rights to Richard Hough’s book “Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian” and had intended to film it, but he left the production to Dino De Laurentiis when he undertook “A Passage to India” (1984).
Cast: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Edward Fox, Bernard Hill, Laurence Olivier, Phil Davis,
Director: Roger Donaldson
Producer: Bernard Williams
Director of Photography: Arthur Ibbetson
Editor: Tony Lawson
Screenwriter: Robert Bolt
Production Designer: John Graysmark
USA / Dino De Laurentiis Productions – Orion Pictures / 130 minutes / 1984