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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) (2004)

Clark Gable , Charles Laughton , Frank Lloyd  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone
  • Directors: Frank Lloyd
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011D1OK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,483 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Pitcairn Island Today" - 1935 MGM Short
  • Mutiny On The Bounty Wins 1935 Award (1936 newsreel)
  • Theatrical trailers

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The highlight of Mutiny on the Bounty is undoubtedly Charles Laughton's bracingly evil performance as Captain Bligh, a man so mean that he insists on having a dead sailor flogged. Bligh pushes his men beyond physical endurance, slashes their rations for his own profit, and drastically cuts down their frolicking time with scantily clad Tahitians. Finally, the moment everyone has been waiting for arrives: first mate Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable) hits his limit and all hell breaks loose. Gable holds doggedly onto his American accent through the entire movie, but in a way it makes Christian come off as a Regular Guy in opposition to Bligh's institutionalized cruelty. Once you get past the hurdle of his diphthongs, Gable makes an excellent Fletcher Christian--strong, fair, and noble, and he effectively conveys the struggle of a man who loathes the idea of mutiny but can't stand see his men mistreated. And Charles Laughton is just superb. His Bligh is thoroughly appalling, yes, but it's far from a one-note performance--when he is cast adrift on the open sea in a lifeboat and tries to make an impossible journey to land, you can't help but root for him. Mutiny on the Bounty won the 1935 Academy Award for Best Picture and picked up a Leading Actor nomination for each of its male leads. Check it out or be tied to the mizzenmast. --Ali Davis

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First officer Clark Gable and tyrannical captain Charles Laughton powerfully clash in this vigorous retelling of a true historic incident about a British ship commandeered from its brutal master. Franchot Tone also stars in 1935's Best Picture Academy Award(R) Choice.

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's naval, not navels... January 30, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Charles Laughton gives the standout performance in this classic retelling of the Bounty mutiny. Gable appears properly confounded and gives a believable and sympathetic rendering of Fletcher Christian. The movie holds up remarkably well despite some awkward editing and gaps in the story line. Still, at 133 minutes it is a relatively long film but it never drags. In spite of allegations made in other reviews there are no "white girls in blackface" or "boats in a bathtub" scenes. True, navels are concealed but the two female leads are obviously and revealingly topless in several scenes. As for "toy boats in a bathtub" there is only one sequence that obviously utilizes a model and it isn't all that obvious. Laughton is the luminary here and his Bligh stays with you. In fact it has stayed with the culture for sixty-five years. His performance is without fault and repeated watchings bear this out. A couple of sequences bear a closer look: The mutiny montage is startlingly effective and intense. It is a realistic portrayal of sudden violence; short, confusing, and graphic. The Sunday morning prayers on deck sequence is poetic and approaches the sublime. The ship's sails gleam translucent in the sun, the Union Jack floats majestically in the breeze, sunlight reflects brightly on faces as the Captain invokes God's blessings on the voyage. The extreme contrast of light and dark in the black and white print and the metaphorical contrast of good against Bligh, the epitome of evil, is subtle yet effective. It is a beautiful few moments. In every way but gloss this film is superior to the 1962 version. The 1984 "Bounty" with Mel Gibson is a fine film but it fades in the memory. This version lingers in the subconsious.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Legendary, Memorable--and Somewhat Problematic February 2, 2005
Format:DVD
Based on the then-popular novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, the 1935 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY is among a series of legendary films of the 1930s that have been repeatedly celebrated for cinematic achievement. And small wonder: the film has a host of powerful assets.

The single most obvious among these is the star power involved: led by two Oscar-winning stars, the critically formidable Charles Laughton and the incredibly popular Clark Gable, the cast reads like a Who's Who of mid-1930s male actors ranging from leading man Franchot Tone to the memorable character actor Donald Crisp. In a visual sense, the film is also a knockout: filmed on location in a full-size replica of the Bounty, it set a new standard for capturing the sea on film. And the story itself is powerful, the tale of the battle between the cruel and autocratic Bligh and the humane and populist Fletcher Christian. Taken together, it makes for a powerful ride.

Still, some viewers may not find MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY all it is cracked to be. Then as now, Hollywood was less interested in getting the facts right than in telling a good story--and from a factual point of view the film is perhaps twenty percent accurate and eighty percent nothing more nor less than historical tarradiddle. That is no real hinderance per se; after all, we're not watching a documentary. But seen from a modern standpoint the cast now feels somewhat problematic.

Charles Laughton was so critically well regarded that he received star billing over Clark Gable for the film, and seen today his performance is easily the single most powerful in the entire film.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the fuss about? February 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film doesn't seem to meet the criteria of what we call a great movie: it won't lift your spirit and soul, it doesn't really give us any lasting food for thought, it probably won't make you laugh hysterically( although I thought the swinging lantern bit was pretty funny), it probably won't really make you weep. So why is this such a respected movie?
It is a rolicking adventure of the sea. Everyone knows there were enough of those made in the old days. So why does this one stand out?
It's the acting. The rich man's son is extremely well portrayed and his speech at the end is well rendered. The entire cast is outstanding, making even the nobodys of the ship endearing and enduring. Clark Gable(no mustache?!! Horrors!) gives a deep introspective portrait of Fletcher Christian as a man that has been pushed and pushed and pushed again.
Laughton gives a Bligh that is truly one of the best villians ever to grace the screen. Gable and Laughton play off each other marvelously. As Gable reacts to Laughton's brutality, making the audience wonder what exactly will push him over the edge.
In short, what made this adventure movie so lasting? What made it a classic? I'll tell you. It's the deep introspective character development seen here. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST PICTURE OSCAR FOR 1935 May 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Gable is impressively right as Fletcher Christian (although his speech sounds more Ohio than English!) Laughton gives an unforgettable performance as the sadistic weakling you love to hate, Captain Bligh, while Franchot Tone is amusing in his role as Roger. The cost of the production (which took nearly 2 years to make) was a whopping (for 1935) 2 million dollars and there were 2500 extras employed for the Polynesian scenes. Gable's and Movita's scenes together have a special quality and this adaptation of the Nordoff-Hall classic (which contains aspects of truth) is storytelling at its best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
Classical Hollywood film. Typically popular treatment of Captain Bligh, which historically is less than true to life but still a solid movie!
Published 6 days ago by John C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Bounty comparison
I viewed all three of the Bounty movies last week. My ranking is: "Number 1, the Marlon Brando version because of Brando's fine portrayal of a British fop who rises to the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE REALLY GREAT FILMS
This film is brilliantly done! Charles Laughton steals the show and the picture and sound have been re-done and are just excellent!! see if you can catch one of the extras.. Read more
Published 11 days ago by AZRIFLEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Classic
There are a few minor lapses of writing / directing when the dialogue becomes a bit stilted, but the action is non-stop and the acting is excellent. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Donald A. Bloom
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Acted
The acting in this movie was very well done, and the director kept the story moving and interesting. Read more
Published 29 days ago by EdwardM
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dashing Pre Rhett Butler on the Bounty Ship.
Viewed: 2/14
Rate: 9

2/14: Mutiny on the Bounty is an expertly made picture, given the year it was filmed in, and it's a sweeping story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Austin Somlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Used as Background for the Novel, The True Adventures of Charlotte...
Although black and white, this portrayal of the true adventure of the Bounty was used in my class to get the students into what it was like on one of these ships. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dvcrztb
4.0 out of 5 stars great memories
wonderful cast, dramatic character development, true to the story, enjoy the picture with a large popcorn. as old as this movie is, the movie still connects and is very enjoyable.
Published 2 months ago by Harry Steltmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazement
Watched this for the first time and it was fantastic. This film is from 1935, a time when Hollywood had very few production tricks up its sleeve: they could fade to black, cut... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason it's a classic
For any actor out there, how can you be in a movie with Clark Gable and steal the show? Watch Charles Laughton in this and find out.
Published 3 months ago by william stevenson
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