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Mutiny on the Bounty
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on December 19, 2014
Movita Castaneda lives! What a beautiful and graceful woman! As of 2014, she is the last surviving cast member. She plays "Tehani", midshipman Roger Byam's native love interest. And Franchot Tone gives us such a splendid performance as Byam. I always preferred him to either Gable or Laughton. It was an amazing accomplishment that so much of the actually shooting (in 1934) took place on location, in Tahiti. I give them full marks for effort, for the energy and craft that make this film so appealing and so realistic.
That said, I prefer the 1984 version. The Anthony Hopkins-Mel Gibson film is a more true-to-life appraisal of events. By 1984, William Bligh's reputation had at long last been rehabilitated. We can understand this remarkable story from a different perspective. I am gratified that both versions pay tribute to his unbelievable 4000-mile traverse from Tahiti to Timor after being cast adrift by Christian and his mutineers. Captain Bligh went on to become a governor in Australia and ultimately retired having attained the rank of vice-Admiral. Bligh had his shortcomings, no doubt. But the 1934 fictionalised account was a character vilification. As a real-life figure, the story is diminished to the extent that he is treated unfairly.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon May 1, 2015
Realistically portrayed, showing a fairly balanced view of the situation as it happened. Some facts were missing, but then this is a dramatization of a historical event. Bligh was VERY strict and ruthless in his punishments, but Christian was too sympathetic with the sailors that had little sea experience. It may have turned out altogether differently had Mr Christian been less combative with the Captain.
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on March 25, 2018
Historique et bon
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on February 3, 2004
"Mutiny On The Bounty" is a classic sea epic about the crew of a British tall ship who revolt after their captain (Charles Laughton) becomes tyrannical on the high seas. Clark Gable cuts a handsome swashbuckling figure as Fletcher Christian - king of the mutineers. His ability to insight revolt leads to a disastrous outcome for all concerned. Franchot Tone give a poignant performance as one of the wronged sea men, put on trial but eventually exonerated from the charge of mutiny. For adventure on the high seas there's none to touch this harrowing classic!
Warner Brothers' transfer is a mixed blessing. Though much of the footage shot on indoor stages seems to have held up well over time the exterior and location photography is riddled with age related artifacts, slightly out of focus image quality and glaring film grain, dirt and grit. The gray scale sometimes has a well balanced look to it. At other times it appears to be suffering from low contrast levels. Blacks are never solid or deep. There are no digital anomalies. Fine details are never realized. The audio is mono but very nicely cleaned up. Extras include a couple of featurettes and a trailer. Ho-hum...the pirates life for me!
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on June 10, 2017
My hubby liked this movie.
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on July 13, 2015
this Disk seems to contain the Marlon Brando Version. Yet all the write-ups and opinions are based on the 1935 version with Clark Gable???
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