MGM’s 1962 re-make of “Mutiny on the Bounty” is a large-scaled production, which, unfortunately, was cursed from the beginning with poor planning, bad luck, egos, and so on. Indeed, corporate indecision, artistic temperaments, unforeseen acts of nature, caused the film to take twice as long as originally planned and a budge that doubled from $8.5 to $18.5. Nonetheless, the movie was not the financial disaster people assumed it to be (it grossed $13 million), and it was not a bad movie either.
Oscar Nominations: 7
Cinematography: Robert L. Surtees
Art Direction (color):
Music Score: Bronislau Kaper
Film Editing: John McSweeney, Jr.
Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie, visual; Milo Lory, audible
Oscar Awards: None
The Best Picture Oscar went to David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, which swept most of the awards in 1962.
An Arcola Production, released by MGM.
Produced by Aaron Rosenberg.
Directed by Lewis Milestone.
Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall.
Photographed in Technicolor and Ultra Panavision by Robert L. Surtees.
Art direction by George W. Davis and J. McMillan Johnson.
Edited by John McSweeney, Jr.
Musical score by Bronislau Kaper.
Running time: 179 minutes.
Fletcher Christian (Marlon Brando)
Capt. William Bligh (Trevor Howard)
John Mills (Richard Harris)
Alexander Smith (Hugh Griffith)
William Brown (Richard Haydn)
Edward Young (Tim Seely), Matthew Quintal (Percy Herbert), Edward Birkett (Gordon Jackson), William McCoy (Noel Purcell), John Williams (Duncan Lamont), Michael Byrne (Chips Rafferty), Samuel Mack (Ashley Cowan), John Fryer (Eddie Byrne), James Morrison (Keith McConnell), Minarii (Frank Silvera), Graves (Ben Wright), Court Martial Judge (Henry Daniell), Staines (Torin Thatcher), Chief Hitihiti (Matahiarii Tama)