Mutiny on the Bounty movie matched with Tahitian tucker

Starring Charles Laughton & Clark Gable

Rating 8/10


Captain Blythe (Laughton) is a monster. At one stage he orders his men to carry out punishing a dead man. They continue to whip his body to the horror of crew. Another time he punishes a crew member by throwing him overboard (with a rope around his stomach) and the man is dragged across a reef and surfaces dead as a doornail. It is ghastly moments like this that get the crew simmering to a boil. Charles Laughton is brilliant in this role.

But here is a lot more lovable depth in Fletcher Christian (Gable). You empathise with his struggle to protect his men versus his duty to obey the tyrannical Captain Blythe. I found myself impatient for the muntinous moment.

I think we all know the story (at least in Australia). They reach Tahiti, have a whale of a time with the native Tahitians then board The Bounty with mutiny knocking at the door. The moment arrives and Blythe and his men are cast off to sea with nought but water, food and a compass. Miraculously they make it home and Blythe sets out to recapture his ship and punish the mutineers.


Sail the seven seas with this mutinous gang of English sailor-fellas (is that what they’re called) and visit exotic places like the lovely, the perfect, Tahiti – with these yummy Tahitian recipes. Let’s start with a classic: Poisson Cru (Tahitian Ceviche) recipe from Shelina Permalloo.


Tales of the high seas always give me the heeby-geebies. All that ocean. Those monster waves and to top it off, people with ‘cabin fever’ and scuuurvvvvy. Salt, bodily fluids, death, sharks and teetering ships. No. It is not for me.

However, this was an epic movie minus the heeby-geebie factor. It touched the justice nerve, the bullying nerve, the adventure nerve, the eye-candy-ometre and my love of tropical island paradises. Tick, tick, tick, tick and tick! Clark Gable shone in this film. Instead of being a misogynistic woman slapper as in the previous film, here he is the hero. This character you can embrace with two arms and a snuggly cheek.

This is an epic film. The tall ships are magnificent giving an impressive backdrop to much of the story. Digital technology has been kind to this movie. Yes, it is available on dvd! Olay! Combine the high quality production, the awesome acting, the story and the scenery and you’ve got yourself an Oscar winner! I am not one for boyish adventure stories, but this one was exciting and totally watchable. I love Clark Gable. He is so handsome, so dapper, even in high pants and buckled shoes. One of my favourite quotes was when one of the sailors was given a drink of coconut milk, “They have cows here that lay eggs!”

Don’t let the early year put you off. Be adventurous and track this cracker down.

Main meal: 

Now, I’m not sure how authentically Tahitian this recipe is but Pork is a staple in that beautiful island place so I’m sure you’ll feel like your toes are digging in that pure, white sand as you watch this amazing movie and eat this delish main. Here it is… Tahitian Pork (Pork with Star Anise and Pineapple) recipe from Adora’s Box.

Mutiny on the Bounty Trivia:

  • Budget – $1,905,000
  • Various film versions include: 1916 Australian Production
    1933 Australian version (Errol Flynn)
    1935 This one!!
    1962 American version (Brando)
    1984The Bounty (Hopkins & Gibson)
  • Charles Laughton was reportedly terrified of the ocean and spent most of his time throwing up.
  • A cameraman died when a large barge capsized during filming. In another dramatic real life moment, a replica of The Bounty with two on board, drifted to sea for two days before being rescued. Phew!
  • Director Frank Lloyd cast Charles Laughton and Clark Gable as he thought they would hate each other. They did!


This may not be the most appetising-looking dish but it is authentic and, I’m sure, fresh and yummy. Be adventurous and give it a go. It’s a P’oe (Tahitian Fruit Pudding) recipe from Polynesian Kitchen.

Do you like eating exotic food or are you a steak and two veg kinda person?

More films with food right here:

The Great Ziegfeld movie matched with war time grub
The Life of Emile Zola film paired with fabbo French food
Casablanca movie paired with amazing Moroccan dishes