This is at least the fourth film version of the notorious mutiny of 1789, when sailors of the British Royal Navy seized control of their ship, the Bounty, from Captain Bligh and set him and a few loyal crewmen adrift in an open boat. The mutineers eventually stumbled across the obscure
Pitcairn Island where they built a settlement that was not discovered for many years and remains inhabited to this day by the descendants of those mutineers and their Polynesian mates. The film opens as Bligh (played by Hopkins) appears before a naval board in London, chaired by Admiral Hood
(Olivier). As the story unrolls in flashback, Bligh and first mate Fletcher Christian (Gibson...