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2000s, Combat - 19th Century, Drama - Family

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Duration 2h 18m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The books of Patrick O’Brien
Writer/s Script Peter Weir, John Collee
Director Peter Weir
Starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Lee Ingleby, David Threlfall, Billy Boyd
Elevator Pitch 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.
Content 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.
A View 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”.

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