|Source of story
||The books of Patrick O’Brien
||Peter Weir, John Collee
||Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Lee Ingleby, David Threlfall, Billy Boyd
||HMS Surprise has the task of tracking and capturing the French privateer Acheron, which is on its way to the Pacific on behalf of Napoleon. But the Acheron is a faster 44 gun frigate, more than a match for the Surprise. In the Pacific the surgeon and the captain disagree about the importance of their respecive tasks, when it is necessary to abandon a visit to the Galapagos in order to chase the Frenchman.
||A couple of dramatic sea battles with gunfire, explosions, sword fights and more. A lot of shouting. Some quite interesting time in the Galapagos. Various depictions of the cramped conditions on the British ship, and the dinners in the captain’s cabin.
||This said to be a very authentic offering with Brian Lavery a Curator of the Martime Museum at Greenwich as a consultant, and it is pretty good fun. A watch if you like sea stories. Cost a lot but made money. Nominated in many Oscar categories and won “Best Cinematograhy”.