HMS Bounty sails for Tahiti by way of Cape Horn…and into movie lore. Grandly filmed, Mutiny on the Bounty captured the 1935 Best Picture Academy Award and eight nominations total.* Charles Laughton portrays Captain Bligh, a seafaring monster ruling with the law of fear. Clark Gable is first officer Fletcher Christian, whose will to obey erodes under Bligh's tyranny. And Franchot Tone plays idealistic midshipman Byam, torn by his allegiance to both. That all three portrayals are vividly memorable is accented by the fact that for the only time in Oscar history, three stars from the same film were Best Actor nominees.]]>
Mutiny on the Bounty [Blu-ray Book]
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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.Read more ›
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.
Compared to more recent films, including two remakes of Mutiny on the Bounty, the 1935 version might seem a bit stagey and confined, but consider the facts: it was made in the first decade of the sound era, depended heavily on primitive rear-projection effects for dramatic moments at sea, was subject to a production code so restrictive that it required women's navels to be either covered with clothing or obliterated with makeup, and did not have the benefit of color photography to emphasize the exotic nature of its location footage.Read more ›
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Superb acting but I think the most accurate version of the true Bounty story is contained in the 1984 film with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson.Published 1 month ago by The Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
Clark Gable and Charles Laughton were truly convincing in their respective roles. It was great to see early Clark Gable. All the actors were fantastic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great movie from 1935. The actors did a fantastic job and I really enjoyed this movie. It is well worth watching.Published 4 months ago by B. Corporation
Well worth it. For Charles Laughton alone. His Capt. Bligh is among the most merciless villains i've seen in cinema.Published 5 months ago by Tariq Waseem
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