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Movie : Mutiny on the Bounty

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Babyhead loves a good adventure and ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ took him on a good one.

In 1789 the Bounty sets out from England to Tahiti to bring back a cargo of bread fruit.  The ship’s captain, William Bligh, has his first command and intends to make good on it.  Right away he comes up against his first mate, Fletcher Christian who is an opposite personality and a different type of officer than Bligh.  Where Bligh earned his captaincy from experience, Christian had his position handed to him by privilege.

As they set sail on a beautiful day there is a sense of uneasiness.  How exciting and dangerous can a mission for bread fruit be?  It doesn’t take long  for Bligh to start dishing out punishment fast and often.  No Leniency.  After the first lashing we know it’s going to be a long hard trip.  Things get worse when Bligh wants to trim some time off the trip by going around the Horn.  He does this despite warnings from the crew.  This decision is met with dangerous consequences and the Bounty is forced back into the original route setting their schedule way behind.  Bligh, in his mind is fighting the weather, the schedule and the crews’ incompetence.  They finally make it to their destination.

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Because the bread fruit is in its dormant period they have to wait until it’s over before they can make their return voyage.  The crew is free to enjoy all the comforts the island and the locals have to offer.  They take full advantage of it.

On the return trip things go from bad to worse with Bligh’s methods.  The crew and Fletcher are put in a position that they think only a mutiny will fix.  We witness the events play out.

The film is beautiful.  Locations, cinematography, the replica of the Bounty.  Production values are very high bringing the viewer a film experience. You feel like you’re on board and witnessing the happenings.  The cast is made up of solid English actors.  Hugh Griffith, Richard Harris are very good in supporting roles.

Trevor Howard as Bligh and Marlon Brando as  Christian are the two antagonists and they work well off each other.  Both performances are very good.  Brando turned what could have been a throw away performance into one of compassion and inner turmoil, of doing the right thing.  We see him struggle with it.  This carefree man has to make a decision that will effect not only himself but others.  Life and death.

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Trevor Howard is absolutely fantastic as William Bligh.  His performance is relentless.  Totally believable.  Humorless, hard, driven, committed, unbending and ruthless.  In a great scene he has to break out of his norm and dance with one of the natives.  A great piece of work.  Trevor Howard was a very good actor.

Mutiny on the Bounty  is a good story told  as an epic, beautiful film.

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Set sail and  you will be swept up in the voyage.

6 comments on “Movie : Mutiny on the Bounty

  1. Jim S.
    October 17, 2016

    I just finished watching a documentary called “Listen to Me Marlon.” Don’t know if you’re familiar with it but apparently Brando taped a lot of conversations with himself over the years, sort of a monologue. And so he comments on things happening in his life, movies he’s in, etc. I don’t believe he covers this particular one extensively but it is mentioned. The whole thing is more interesting than it may sound and than it has any right to be.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 17, 2016

      Yeah it’s on the list thanks Jim. If you’re on that jag catch ‘Smash His Camera’. Doc on Ron Galella. Brando broke his jaw. Off camera Marlon was a piece of work.


      • Jim S.
        October 17, 2016

        So was Galella if I recall. Didn’t he haunt Jackie O?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 17, 2016

        Yeah that’s the guy. It goes into the Jackie stuff. The Brando segment is hilarious. It’s a good doc.


  2. Thom Hickey
    October 24, 2016

    Thanks CB. Good to see Trevor Howard’s blazing performance properly appreciated. Regards Thom.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 24, 2016

      Like the music we both appreciate same goes for performances like Trevor Howard’s. The guy is always good. Never better than his portrayal as Bligh. You get it Thom.


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This entry was posted on October 16, 2016 by in 1962 Film, Adventure Film, Bruce Surtees, Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and tagged , , .


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