Mutiny on the Bounty
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The 1932 publication of Charles Nordhoff and James Norton Hall's Mutiny on the Bounty sparked a revival of interest in the titular 1789 ship mutiny, and this 1935 MGM movie version won the Oscar for Best Picture. Clark Gable stars as Fletcher Christian, first mate of the infamous HMS Bounty, skippered by Captain William Bligh (Charles Laughton), the cruelest taskmaster on the Seven Seas. Bligh's villainy knows no bounds: he is even willing to flog a dead man if it will strengthen his hold over the crew. Christian despises Bligh and is sailing on the Bounty under protest. During the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Despite the efforts of Producer Irving Thalberg, Director Frank Lloyd, three scenarists and $2,000,000 to give it balance, polish and direction, the picture lacks all three."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It's tainted by a fair amount of middlebrow stuffiness, but it's a fleet piece of storytelling and serves to enshrine one of the great ham performances of all time, Charles Laughton's Captain Bligh."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"[A] lavish and stirring adventure on the high seas."
‑ Peter Freedman, Radio Times
"Its theme of rebellion against that which binds us resonates today. Mutiny on the Bounty is well acted and well scripted."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"One of Hollywood's best achievements."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's nothing to stand in the way of Mutiny qualifying for box office dynamite rating."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"An exotic and gripping piece of Hollywood mythology, made with all the technical skill and gloss one associates with Irving Thalberg's MGM."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"it lives beyond its 65 years to be a film that is watchable and exciting today"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The first and best of the three versions of the famous mutiny is a big budget production, a stirring sea adventure praised at the time for its narrative pull, great acting of the three leads, and exotic locales."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Not as good as it's rep."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"The story is spellbinding, the acting lusty and the spectacle everything you could expect from a Golden Age MGM production -- though sometimes it's a bit too much on the monumental side."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It is superlatively thrilling."
‑ Andre Sennwald, New York Times
"Oh yeah--Laughton and Gable--pour me another one bartender."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"True MGM classic with memorable Gable and Laughton. Fine production overall."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Laughton & Gable! What a team!"
‑ Victoria Alexander,
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