The Bounty (1984)
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.