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Mutiny on the Bounty

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Brando's brilliant if lengthy version of classic story.

Movie NR 1962 178 minutes
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This is an unforgettable story, brought to life by unforgettable actors. As portrayed by Marlon Brando, Fletcher Christian is a doomed figure, a reluctant and ambivalent man pushed to mutiny after all potentially saner and safer options have been exhausted through the tyranny of Captain Bligh. As portrayed by Trevor Howard, Captain William Bligh is a leader blind to everything but the mission for which they have set sail, a leader who believes his rank protects him from the harsh treatment and suffering he inflicts on his sailors. Together and separate, the magic these two master actors bring to this version of MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY is a truly memorable experience to behold.

While not the most historically accurate rendering of this legendary story, and in spite of some rather dated, almost stereotypical portrayals of Tahitian islanders (though certainly sympathetic, especially for the time the film was made), the deeper story, and the deep internal conflict Brando brings to the role of Christian, carry the day. It's nearly three hours long, but except for the intermission, the action and tension do not let up.

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