The Bounty (1984) Poster


Edward Fox: Captain Greetham


  • Captain Greetham : [after learning at the trial that Bligh told King Tynah that Captain Cook is still alive]  You told that to this man Tynah?

    Bligh : King Tynah, sir.

    Admiral Hood : A savage king.

    Bligh : A king, milord, descended from many kings.

    Admiral Hood : As our King George is descended from many kings?

    Bligh : Yes, in a way, sir.

    Captain Greetham : Then why did you lie to him? Why did you not tell him Captain Cook was murdered in Hawaii ten years before?

    Bligh : Because they believe that Captain Cook is immortal.

    Admiral Hood : Literally?

    Bligh : Yes, I think so, sir. They seem to regard his likeness as a sacred image.

    Admiral Hood : Interesting.

    Bligh : They also believe that every British officer is more or less related to him.

    Admiral Hood : So you were more or less immortal too.

    Bligh : It would appear so, sir. And I also needed their assistance. Captain Cook was our guarantor.

  • Captain Greetham : [at the trial]  So, it did began at the ceremony?

    Bligh : No, sir. Not at the ceremony. No, it was just Fletcher Christian and the native girl.

    Captain Greetham : And you didn't understand the depth of the emotion between them?

    Bligh : Yes, I realize that now. No, I assumed it was just youthful passion.

    Admiral Hood : It takes more than an infatuated youth to make a mutiny. It takes a discontented crew.

    Bligh : The crew were anything but discontent, sir. Fletcher Christian corrupted them.

    Captain Greetham : Yes, but what made them so easy to corrupt?

    Bligh : I don't know. It was the place itself.

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