Mutiny on the Bounty

1962 NR 3h 5m DVD

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Mutiny on the Bounty

1962 NR 3h 5m DVD
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Marlon Brando gives a nuanced performance as the aristocratic Lt. Fletcher Christian, an officer aboard the HMS "Bounty"; who leads a mutiny against the ship's tyrannical Capt. Bligh (Trevor Howard). Featuring lush cinematography of the story's spectacular Tahitian setting and a stirring musical score, director Lewis Milestone's 1962 interpretation of the classic novel was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
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age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is the 1962 version of Mutiny on the Bounty, where Marlon Brando portrays Fletcher Christian, the reluctant and ambivalent leader of the mutineers. There are some violent scenes -- sailors are flogged, chained, and keel-hauled. There is also some tame sexual innuendo as the sailors learn of the Tahitian island women's attitudes towards lovemaking. At nearly three hours, the length might stretch the patience and attention spans of younger viewers, but then again, this is a glorious version of this immortal story with actors at the peak of their craft, and the excitement and drama in each scene only lets up during the intermission.

Sexual Content

Some sexual innuendo when the sailors meet the Tahitian natives. Scantily clad island women greet the sailors upon their arrival in Tahiti. When it is learned that Tahitian cultural tradition dictates that it is rude to turn down sex, Fletcher Christian is ordered by Captain Bligh to make love to the island king's daughter, who is attracted to him.


A sailor is whipped 24 times for insubordination. When his punishment is finished, his back is covered in whip marks and blood. A man is crushed by a giant barrel filled with water. A sailor suffering from a fever falls to his death. A sailor is "keel-hauled" for attacking Captain Bligh; the sailor is tied up with rope and tossed overboard, where he is eaten by sharks.


"Hell." "Damn." Captain Bligh refers to a Tahitian woman as a "slut," when one of the sailors on the Bounty approaches him about wanting to marry her.

Social Behavior

While certainly a classic film, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Sailors smoke from pipes and drink wine and rum.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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