Lewis Milestone replaced Carol Reed as director on this third version of Nordhoff and Hall's classic true account of naval rebellion. The film stars Marlon Brando as the spirited Fletcher Christian and Trevor Howard as the tyrannical Captain Bligh. Their ship, the Bounty, leaves Portsmouth in 1787, on a mission to gather breadfruit in Tahiti. As the journey progresses, however, the Captain reveals a penchant for ruthlessness that turns his entire crew against him. After they leave the paradisical Tahiti, it's only a matter of time before the situation explodes.
Lewis Milestone - American director/screenwriter
Lev Milstein - American director/screenwriter
Tim Seely - Supporting Actor
Duncan Lamont - Scottish Actor
William L. Driscoll - Screenwriter
James Norman Hall - Author\"Mutiny On Bounty"
Ben Hecht - American Author/Screenwriter
Richard Haydn - British Actor/Director
Noel Purcell - Irish Character Actor
Charles Lederer - American Screenwriter/Director
Borden Chase - Screenwriter
Charles Nordhoff - Author\"Mutiny On Bounty"
Hugh Griffith - British Actor
Gordon Jackson - Scottish Actor
Percy Herbert - British Character Actor
Joseph MacMillan Johnson - Production Designer
Eric Ambler - British author/screenwriter, BACKGROUND TO.../A NIGHT TO...
Robert Armbruster - Music Conductor
Richard Harris - Irish actor, THIS SPORTING LIFE/GLADIATOR
Marlon Brando - Oscar winning american actor/director, THE GODFATHER (1972)
Marlon Brando Jr. - Oscar winning american actor/director, THE GODFATHER (1972)
Trevor Howard - British Actor
Robert Surtees - Cinematographer
Robert L. Surtees - Cinematographer
John Gay - Screenwriter
Bronislaw Kaper - Polish Composer
Bronislau Kaper - Polish Composer
John Jr. McSweeney
Moss Mabry - Costume Designer, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1962)
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, based on Nordhoff and Hall's factual narrative of the infamous mutiny in 1789, stars Marlon Brando as First Mate Fletcher Christian. Sailing from Portsmouth in 1787, under the tyrannical rule of Captain William Bligh (Trevor Howard), the H.M.S. Bounty begins an ill-timed voyage around Cape Horn in search of the South Pacific plant, the breadfruit. As the months wear on, Bligh's backbreaking discipline, including flogging and keelhauling as punishment for minor offenses, starts to create a powerful sense of ill-will among the crew. Eventually even Christian's aristocratic foppery begins to fade as he sympathizes with the crew's suffering. 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, Christian rebels and leads the men in a mutiny, with tragic results.
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY was released on November 8, 1962. The film was shot at MGM Studios and on location in Tahiti, Pitcairn's Island, and Bora. The replica of the Bounty, which was built by the Smith & Rhuland Shipyard for the film, was owned by Ted Turner, who later donated it to the Tall Ships Foundation. Other screen versions of the Bounty incident are THE MUTINY OF THE BOUNTY (1916), IN THE WAKE OF BOUNTY (1933), MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935), and THE BOUNTY (1984). Some versions of the film lack the prologue and epilogue, running only 179 minutes. Captain Donald MacIntyre, Bengt Danielson, Aurora Natua, and Leo Langomazino served as technical advisors. Estimated budget: $18 million.
"[T]his lush technicolor epic is no washout." -- Grade: B - 11/17/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.106