Mutiny on the Bounty In 1787 The year 1787, the Bounty sets sail from Britain towards Tahiti under the direction of Captain William Bligh ( Trevor Howard). His mission is to collect a load of breadfruit saplings and then transport the saplings to Jamaica. The government hopes that the plants will thrive and provide a cheap source of food for the slaves.
The discovery of the missing cheese causes a difficult start to the journey. Seaman John Mills ( Richard Harris) is accused of Bligh of being the pilferer, and Bligh has Mills brutally slapped in the face for disrespecting his superior officer to the astonishment of his patrician Second-in-command, First Lieutenant Fletcher Christian ( Marlon Brando). The tone for the months to come will be set by Bligh’s depressing pronouncement: “Cruelty with a purpose is not a form of cruelty but effectiveness.” Aristocrat Christian is deeply offended by his ambitious captain.
Bligh attempts to get to Tahiti earlier by trying the shorter westbound route around Cape Horn. This is a nightmare for navigation and a huge mistake. The plan is unsuccessful, and the Bounty retraces its course eastward, causing delays to the mission a considerable amount. Unabatedly, Bligh makes up the lost time by pushing the crew harder and reducing their food rations. Mutiny on the Bounty HD
The Bounty is at her destination and passengers enjoy the peaceful lifestyle of the tropical paradise as well as the libertarian philosophies of the Tahitian ladies. Christian himself is smitten with Maimiti ( Tarita Teriipaia) she is the daughter of the Tahitian King. Bligh’s fury further intensifies due to the slowing of the breadfruit’s growth causes longer than usual time before the plants are potted. As the date for departure draws near three men including seamen Mills, attempt to desert but are stopped by Christian and slapped in irons by Bligh.
On the voyage to Jamaica, Bligh attempts to bring back twice the amount of breadfruit plants to atone for his inattention and is forced to cut down on the water rations for the crew to provide water to the extra plants. In the process of retrieving the drinking water ladle one of the crew slips off the rigging and dies. Another assaults Bligh about the conditions of the ship and is fatally keelhauled. Mills taunts Christian at every death in an attempt to motivate him to challenge Bligh. Christian is attempting to provide fresh water for a crewman who suffers serious illness due to drinking sea water. This is in contravention of Captain Bligh’s instructions. Christian is slapped by Bligh when he does not follow his second commandment. In response, Christian strikes Bligh. Bligh warns Christian that he’ll be hanging for his actions when they arrive at port. Christian who has no stakes, assumes control of the ship and sets Bligh, the loyalist crew members, and navigational equipment adrift in the longboat . He tells them to find a local island. Bligh decides to sail across the Pacific to get to British officials earlier. He returns to Britain at a rapid pace.
The military court acquits Bligh of any wrongdoing and suggests an expedition to capture the mutineers, and put them on trial however, it also comes to the conclusion that the appointment of Bligh as the captain of the Bounty was not correct. Christian is then back in Tahiti, where he gets supplies and his girlfriends. They then sail to remote Pitcairn Island, which isn’t marked correctly in the chart, in order to avoid the fury of the Royal Navy. However, once on Pitcairn, Christian decides that it is their duty to return to Britain and testify to Bligh’s crimes, and he invites his crew to sail with him. Christian is killed trying to save the ship from burning by the crew.