Mutiny on the Bounty In the year 1787 In 1787, the Bounty set sail from Britain towards Tahiti under the direction of Captain William Bligh ( Trevor Howard). His mission is to gather breadfruit seedlings and to transport the seeds to Jamaica. The government hopes that the plants will continue to grow and eventually provide cheap food for slaves.
The discovery of the missing cheese is a tense start to the voyage. Bligh is accused by Seaman John Mills ( Richard Harris), of being the true pilferer. Mills is brutally flogged by Bligh for ignoring his superior officer to the chagrin of the First Lieutenant Fletcher Christian, Marlon Marko. Bligh’s unsettling pronouncement, “Cruelty without a purpose isn’t cruelty, it is efficiency” sets the direction for the next few months. Aristocrat Christian is very offended by the ambitions of his captain.
Bligh attempts to reach Tahiti sooner by attempting the more direct westbound route through Cape Horn, an unforgiving navigational nightmare. The strategy fails, and the Bounty reverses its route to the east, causing the mission to be delayed a lot. Singlemindedly, Bligh makes up the lost time by pushing the troops to the limit and cutting their food rations. Mutiny on the Bounty HD
When the Bounty reaches her location, the crew delights in the slumbering lifestyle of the tropical paradise and in the free-love philosophy of the Tahitian women. Christian is in love with Maimiti ( Tarita Teriipaia) she is the daughter of the Tahitian King. Bligh’s fury is further fuelled by the fact that the slowing of the breadfruit’s growth causes more months to go before the plants can be planted. Three men, including seaman Mills try to leave as departure day approaches but are prevented by Christian and dressed in irons.
Bligh who is on the voyage to Jamaica, attempts to bring back twice as many breadfruit plants as he lost. He must also reduce the water rations for the crew in order to water the additional plants. One of the crew members falls from the rigging to his death while attempting to find the drinking ladle. Another crew member assaults Bligh about the conditions of the ship and is fatally keelhauled. Mills ridicules Christian at every loss to attempt to convince him to fight Bligh. When a crewman becomes gravely sick from drinking seawater, Christian attempts to give him fresh water, in violation of the Captain’s directives. Christian is attacked by Bligh when he refuses to obey his second order. In response, Christian strikes Bligh. Christian is told by Bligh that he’ll be punished for his actions once they reach port. With nothing to gain, Christian takes command of the vessel and sets Bligh and the loyal members of the crew adrift within the longboat with navigational equipment, instructing them to sail plans for an island in the local area. Bligh decides to sail across the Pacific in order to get to British officials earlier. Bligh returns to Britain in a remarkable manner.
The military court exonerates Bligh of any misdeeds and recommends an operation to detain the mutineers and put them on trial However, it concludes that the appointment of Bligh as captain of the Bounty was wrong. Christian then sails back to Tahiti and picks up supplies and the girlfriends. They then sail to the remote Pitcairn Island–which is not marked correctly on the charts to hide from the wrath of the Royal Navy. After arriving on Pitcairn, Christian decides that it is their obligation to go back to Britain and expose Bligh’s wrongdoing. He requests his men to join him. To prevent this possibility they set the vessel on fire, and Christian is killed when he attempts to save it.