Mutiny on the Bounty

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"Clark Gable as the daring mutineer in the screen's most exciting adventure story!"
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  • 1935
  • 2 hr 13 min
  • 7.6  (24,181)
  • 87

The movie Mutiny on the Bounty from 1935 is a classic adventure drama directed by Frank Lloyd, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. The film features an outstanding cast, including Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, and Franchot Tone. The story is set in the late 18th century and follows the voyage of the HMS Bounty, a British Naval vessel on a mission to transport breadfruit plants from Tahiti to Jamaica. Captain William Bligh (Charles Laughton) is in charge of the mission and is known for his strict and harsh leadership style. His crew, led by his first mate Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable), is unhappy with the captain's treatment and begins to plot a mutiny.

The tensions between the captain and his crew escalate as they arrive in Tahiti, where the crew falls in love with the island's beauty and the local women. Christian, in particular, falls for a young Tahitian woman named Maimiti (Movita Castaneda) and begins to question the mission's purpose. Bligh, on the other hand, is determined to complete the mission despite his crew's disapproval.

The mutiny finally takes place during the journey back to England. Christian, backed by the crew, takes over the ship and sets Bligh and a handful of loyalists adrift in a small boat. The rest of the film follows their subsequent struggle for survival and Christian's attempts to justify his actions to his crew and to himself.

The movie is a visually stunning epic adventure that captures the vastness of the sea and the beauty of the islands. The cinematography, by Arthur Edeson and Rex Wimpy, is breathtaking, and the set designs by Cedric Gibbons, considered to be one of the greatest production designers of his time, are incredibly detailed.

The film's success is largely due to the remarkable performances of its cast. Charles Laughton is superb as Captain Bligh, portraying his character's cruelty and arrogance with remarkable subtlety. Clark Gable's portrayal of Fletcher Christian is equally impressive, bringing depth and complexity to the character, often overshadowing the lead performer.

Franchot Tone is also noteworthy as Roger Byam, a midshipman caught up in the mutiny but taking neither side, and serving as an objective onlooker of the events. The three leads are supported by a remarkable ensemble cast, including Donald Crisp, Eddie Quillan, and Herbert Mundin.

Overall, Mutiny on the Bounty is a timeless and captivating classic adventure drama that explores the complex themes of power, rebellion, and justice. The film has been remade several times, but this original version remains the definitive classic. It was a commercial and critical success, hailed as one of the greatest films of the era and earned Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Frank Lloyd), and Best Actor (Laughton).

Mutiny on the Bounty is a 1935 adventure movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 13 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6 and a MetaScore of 87.

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