Epic isn’t the word for this 178 minute movie. Marlon Brando is brilliant as Fletcher Christian, as Trevor Howard is as Bligh. Colourful and ambitiously shot, this is a beautiful Roadshow epic, but it suffers from this in parts.
The music has a bombastic and yet low tone to it, leaving the audience with a sense of viewing a mature epic, and not just another MGM blockbuster.
Use of the wide angle 70mm lenses seem to prevent any real close ups and the film is almost epic for epic’s sake. But it works well, and is entertaining. It is no Ben Hur and the 1984 version, “The Bounty” is still better in my view, but this is certainly the grandest voyage of the Bounty you’re ever likely to see.