Mutiny on the Bounty (1962 film)

The feature film Mutiny on the Bounty in 1962 is the first color film version of the famous mutiny on the HMS Bounty. Like the Erstverfilmung is also based on this version of the original book The Mutiny on the Bounty: ship without a port (Original Title: Mutiny on the Bounty ) by Charles Bernard Nordhoff and James N. Hall.


To import the breadfruit from Tahiti, the Bounty is placed under the command of the notorious Captain Bligh, who soon after the bounty has left the port, a cruel reign of terror introduced on his ship. Low offenses his team will be punished with the Nine-Tailed Cat and other punishments.

Bligh 's initial plan to sail around Cape Horn, fails due to the extremely harsh weather conditions. Instead, as intended, save by the shorter route time must reverse the Bounty and choose the long way around Africa and Australia. Bligh harassed the occupying more and more to make up for lost by the failure time.

In addition to the rebellious from the beginning Mills dares only Bligh's first officer, the charismatic Christian Fletcher, to oppose Bligh.

On Tahiti arrived, the rest period of the breadfruit trees has already begun, so a transplanting for transport is not possible. So the men spend happy months with the local women. Christian has fallen in love Maimiti, the daughter of the chief Hitihiti. After the departure of Bligh's Bounty begin to increase atrocities.

On April 28, 1789 the mutiny, is exposed as a consequence of Bligh him with the few loyal followers in a barge. Then the mutineers first return back to Tahiti, on the one hand to the thinned crew to complete with the locals, on the other hand, the women with their affiliates to take on board. Your goal is to chart on any correctly drawn Pitcairn Island. There they imagine themselves safe from the expected persecution by the British Admiralty.

Meanwhile, Bligh returned to England via Timor and is responsible in court for the loss of the Bounty. The court finds that Bligh is not to blame for the loss of the ship, he was appointed captain of production but was a wrong decision. The court agrees to send a punitive expedition to arrest the mutineers.

Soon after Pitcairn is reached, Christian contemplates zurückzusegeln to England to face a military court. To thwart this, put some of the mutineers the Bounty on fire. In an unsuccessful attempt to save the ship along with some of his comrades, Christian suffered severe burns and eventually succumbs to his injuries. The burning Bounty sinks into the sea.


Filmed on location from October 1961 to July 1962 on Tahiti but also in Moorea ( French Polynesia) with some of the locals and lay extras applies Mutiny on the Bounty today as one of the most visually stunning films of the 1960s.

For the film, a bounty was slightly enlarged reconstructed according to original plans. This ship sank on 29 October 2012 during the hurricane "Sandy" off the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic, where a crew member died.

The budget was $ 19 million, the revenue alone in the United States $ 9.8 million.

The screenplay adheres to the testimonies of the mutineers, Bligh is represented as a despot. According to some historians, however, Bligh was no more severe than other captains of his time (see Bounty ).

Lewis Milestone directed the film by Carol Reed, after he had fallen out with Brando because of its special requests and airs and graces. In contrast to Reed himself Milestone but not with Brando put on, but just let him have his way. The film was a financial disaster and endangered the existence of the film studio MGM.

A prologue and epilogue were cut from the theatrical version. These show how the H.M.S. Briton Pitcairn Island discovered in 1814 and there only finds the former gardener of the Bounty William Brown. He reports on what has happened on the Bounty and what became of the other mutineers. The cut scenes were 1967, shown at the television premiere of the film on ABC, once on television. On the DVD prologue and epilogue available as a bonus.


Tarita Tumi Teriipaia was associated with Marlon Brando from 1961 until his death in a checkered love affair with whom she had two children. The two were present as a couple even with the U.S. premiere of the film on 8 November 1962.

Marlon Brando was from the South Seas flair and Tahiti so excited that he 1965 40 km distant island atoll, called Tetiaroa, leased for 99 years and there spent much of his spare time.


In addition to three Golden Globe nominations, among others, in the category of Best Motion Picture - Drama, the film was nominated for the Academy Awards in 1963 in the following seven categories, but came away empty:

  • Best Art Direction: George W. Davis, J. McMillan Johnson, Henry Grace, Hugh Hunt
  • Best Cinematography - Colour: Robert Surtees
  • Best Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie, Milo B. Lory
  • Best Film Editing: John McSweeney Jr.
  • Best Original Song: Bronislau Kaper ( music); Paul Francis Webber ( text ) for Love Song from Mutiny on the Bounty ( Follow Me )
  • Best Music: Bronislau Caper
  • Best Picture: Aaron Rosenberg

Some voice actors

  • Fletcher Christian: Gert Günther Hoffmann
  • William Bligh: Arnold Marquis
  • John Mills: Horst Niendorf
  • Alexander Smith: Franz Nicklisch
  • William Brown: Walter Bluhm
  • Matthew Quintal: Lothar Blum Hagen
  • John Williams: Klaus Miedel
  • Edward Burkett: Jörg Cossardt
  • Michael Byrne: Martin Hirthe
  • William McCoy: Konrad Wagner
  • Samuel Mack: Erich Poremski
  • Minarii: Gerd Duwner
  • Edward Young: Eckart Dux
  • James Morrison: Jochen Schröder
  • Judge of the Court Martial: Paul Wagner
  • Lady Gwendenare: Karin Dor


  • "(...) A film of grand gestures, the beautiful locales and the grandiose drama, even the touching feelings and humanity. Brando is a little too strong in the scene " ( Score: 3 stars = very good) - Adolf Meier Heinzl and Berndt Schulz in Lexicon " Movies on TV " ( Extended edition ). . Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3, p 566
  • " Convincing occupied and externally -consuming, in the inner drama but rather weak film adaptation of the historically certified mutiny (...). " - " Lexicon of international film " (CD -ROM edition ), Systhema, Munich 1997

The Film Review Board Wiesbaden gave the production value the predicate.

DVD Release

  • Mutiny on the Bounty. Special Edition ( 2 DVD set ). Warner Home Video, 2006. The output ( with region code 2) contains unsynchronized short scenes that are missing in the famous German TV version. The length is loud DVD cover some 178 minutes. There are two each two-layer DVDs. The film itself is also divided into two parts. Both discs contain extras.