Video Release: November 14, 2006
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Warner Home Video
- Runtime: 185 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in Spanish, French, English, Spanish, French, English, English
Based on the true story of the infamous mutiny in 1789 by the crew of the H. M. S. Bounty. Under the sadistic and tyrannical rule of Captain William Bligh, the Bounty begins an ill-timed voyage around Cape Horn in search of the South Pacific plant, the breadfruit. Despite the brutal winter storms that threaten to tear the ship apart, the Bounty and its battered crew manage to reach Tahiti, where they enjoy the warm sun and friendly native women while waiting for the plants to be harvested. When Bligh orders the ship home, and cuts off the crew's water ration to save the plants, First Mate Fletcher Christian rebels and leads the men in a mutiny, with tragic results.
This remake of the 1935 classic also deals with the conflict between tyrannical Captain Bligh and the conscientious Fletcher Christian. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture.
Other screen versions of the "Bounty" incident are "The Mutiny of
the Bounty" (by Crick & Jones, 1916), "In the Wake of the
Bounty" (by Expeditionary Films, 1933), "Mutiny on the Bounty" (by
MGM, 1935), and "The Bounty" (by Orion, 1984). Some versions lack
the prologue and epilogue and run only 179 minutes. Actress
Tarita's full name is Taritatumi Teriipaia. Additional cast:
Matahiarii Tama (as Chief Hitihiti), Wayne DeWar (Sailor), and Ben
Wright (Graves). Additional crew: Charles K. Hagedon (color
consultant), Rudy Rosenberg (UPM), Major Roup (assistant director),
Alan Callow (production assistant), Charles Termini (assistant
cameraman), Eric Carpenter (stills), Nick Rutgers (location
liaison), Olof Olsson (property master & ship's rigger),
Jonathan Haze (miniature rigger), Morgan Hudgins (unit publicist),
Alfred Dauphinee (block maker), Charlie Hebb (sail maker), and
Ellsworth Coggins (ship's captain). Captain Donald MacIntyre, Bengt
Danielson, Aurora Natua, and Leo Langomazino served as technical
advisors. The ship "The Bounty" was constructed by the Smith &
Rhuland Shipyard. Estimated budget: $18 million. Filmed at the MGM
Studios and on location in Tahiti, Bora, and Pitcairn's Island.
Shot in Technicolor and Ultra Panavision 70. Original aspect ratio:
2.75:1. Utilized Westrex six-track magnetic stereophonic sound.
Titles by Pacific Title & Art Studio. Opticals by MGM
Laboratories. Released theatrically in the USA November 8, 1962.
Copyright 1962 MGM and Avco Pictures