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The Bounty
ID:
1984
Comments:
Director: Roger Donaldson
Screenplay: Richard Hough, Robert Bolt
Producer: Bernard Williams, Dino De Laurentiis
Cast: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 132
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD) DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Nov 2000 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$14.98]
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Reviews:  Good tale even if it was the hair not getting messed up like in Gibson's or others. ~~kevin scott slack

Director Roger Donaldson ("Thirteen Days") has breathed vibrant new life into the classic story of the mutiny on the "Bounty". With a dream cast--Mel Gibson, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Laurence Olivier, Liam Neeson, and Daniel Day-Lewis--and a script by Robert Bolt ("Doctor Zhivago", "Lawrence of Arabia"), "The Bounty" takes a revisionist tack through the well-charted waters of an oft-told tale. Hopkins's Captain Bligh is no raving sadist in the Charles Laughton mode. (Laughton played Bligh in the first "Mutiny on the Bounty", 1935.) Instead, Sir Anthony plays Bligh as a hard-nosed imperialist explorer simply trying to get the job done in the time-honored manner: on the backs of the poor gobs under his command. Still, when Bligh's suppressed powder keg of rage finally blows, Hopkins is formidable indeed. Mel Gibson gives one of the most soulful performances of his career as mutiny leader Fletcher Christian. He's also at the height of his blue-eyed, buff good looks, and his romance with Tahitian maiden Mauatua (lovely Tevaite Vernette) is decidedly erotic. Liam Neeson is a veritable force of nature as the scrappy seaman Charles Churchill, and Daniel Day-Lewis is sublimely hateful as Master John Fryer, a pompous toady. With special effects to rival those of "The Perfect Storm", the alluring eye candy of a tall-masted schooner under full sail, lush tropical greenery, and bevies of bodacious South Sea Islands babes, plus a gripping story line, "The Bounty" deserves a rescue from undeserved obscurity. "--Laura Mirsky"


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