Robert Bolt's screen adaptation of Richard Hough's book "Captain Bligh and Mister Christian" is directed here by Roger Donaldson and it's a mark of the screenplay's quality that it was originally written for David Lean to direct. Donaldson's intelligent version of the famous 18th Century mutiny boasts a stellar cast led by Anthony Hopkins (Captain Bligh) and Mel Gibson (Fletcher Christian), that also features Liam Neeson, Daniel Day Lewis, Edward Fox, Bernard Hill, and Sir Laurence Olivier.
1984, a year when Gibson, Hopkins and Daniel Day-Lewis were rising stars, with Edward Fox, Bernard Hill as supporting cast and John Sessions I think has one line. What an incredible display of talent. Liam Neeson is dreadful, clearly he found himself more suited to heroic roles later. The leads however are awesome. The plot is gripping, the depiction of the storms is transfixing. Even the portrayal of disease is utterly believable. The fact of it being true is even more compelling.