Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
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Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Starring: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone
Mutiny on the Bounty ranked # 86 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Mutiny on the Bounty is a 1935 film starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable based on the Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall novel Mutiny on the "Bounty".
An anecdotical note about the cast is that David Niven and James Cagney played uncredited cameos in the movie.
The movie chronicles the real-life mutiny aboard the HMAV Bounty lead by Fletcher Christian against the ship's captain, William Bligh.
Like the novel, it portrays Captain Bligh as an abusive villain whose cruelty towards the crew and most of the officers lead Christian to mutiny. It contains scenes of the trials of those who had been put off the ship on the launch. It also deals with the aftermath.
The film was one of the biggest hits of its time and remains a classic today and, although its historical accuracy has been seriously questioned (inevitable as it is based in a novel about the facts, not the facts itselves) it is considered by film critics to be the best film inspired in the mutiny.
A 1962 three-hours-plus widescreen Technicolor remake, starring Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian and Trevor Howard as Captain Bligh, became notorious when Brando reportedly practically took over the film even to the point of rewriting and adding scenes for himself, and was a disaster both critically and financially at the time, but has come to be reevaluated by critics over the decades.
In 1984, Mel Gibson played Christian opposite Anthony Hopkins as Bligh in a lavish remake called The Bounty. This final version which gives a far more sympathetic view of Bligh is considered to be the closest to historical events
Mutiny on the Bounty won an Oscar for Best Picture for its producers, Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin.
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