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

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During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

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Peter Weir

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Patrick O'Brian (novels), Peter Weir (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Capt. Jack Aubrey
Paul Bettany ... Dr. Stephen Maturin, Surgeon
James D'Arcy ... 1st Lt. Tom Pullings
Edward Woodall Edward Woodall ... 2nd Lt. William Mowett
Chris Larkin ... Capt. Howard, Royal Marines
Max Pirkis ... Blakeney, Midshipman
Jack Randall Jack Randall ... Boyle, Midshipman
Max Benitz ... Calamy, Midshipman
Lee Ingleby ... Hollom, Midshipman
Richard Pates Richard Pates ... Williamson, Midshipman
Robert Pugh ... Mr. Allen, Master
Richard McCabe ... Mr. Higgins, Surgeon's Mate
Ian Mercer ... Mr. Hollar, Boatswain
Tony Dolan Tony Dolan ... Mr. Lamb, Carpenter
David Threlfall ... Preserved Killick, Captain's Steward
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Storyline

In April 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, H.M.S. Surprise, a British frigate, is under the command of Captain Jack Aubrey. Aubrey and the Surprise's current orders are to track and capture or destroy a French privateer named Acheron. The Acheron is currently in the Atlantic off South America headed toward the Pacific in order to extend Napoleon's reach of the wars. This task will be a difficult one as Aubrey quickly learns in an initial battle with the Acheron that it is a bigger and faster ship than the Surprise, which puts the Surprise at a disadvantage. Aubrey's single-mindedness in this seemingly impossible pursuit puts him at odds with the Surprise's doctor and naturalist, Stephen Maturin, who is also Aubrey's most trusted advisor on board and closest friend. Facing other internal obstacles which have resulted in what they consider a string of bad luck, Aubrey ultimately uses Maturin's scientific exploits to figure out a way to achieve his and the ship's seemingly impossible goal. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Courage To Do The Impossible Lies In The Hearts of Men.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, related images, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Far Side of the World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,105,990, 16 November 2003

Gross USA:

$93,927,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$210,327,920
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based in part on The Far Side Of The World, the tenth volume of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin saga. In the book the object of the hunt is not a French vessel, but rather a fictional American frigate, Norfolk. The book itself is based on the real-life exploits of the USS Essex, a 32-gun frigate built by the merchants of Salem, Massachusetts. In 1813-1814 the Essex, under Captain David Porter, harassed British commercial interests in the Pacific. It was a highly successful cruise resulting in the capture of many British whalers and Peruvian naval vessels. Porter even (rather unrealistically) laid claim to the Marquesas Islands. The run ended on March 28, 1814 at the Battle of Valparaiso, with the Essex taking very heavy losses at the hands of frigate HMS Phoebe and sloop-of-war HMS Cherub. See more »

Goofs

During the after action meeting in the Captains Galley, Mr. Allen says, "heavy frigate like that in the Pacific". This does not imply that they are in the Pacific at that moment - indeed, the opening scene showed the Admiralty's orders to Captain Aubrey to prevent the Acheron from reaching the Pacific. The line is merely to demonstrate why it is imperative they stop the Acheron from reaching the Pacific, Further, the ensuing chase around Cape Horn would show they are going from the Atlantic to Pacific.. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Preserved Killick, Captain's Steward: [taking egg from chicken coop] Come on, come on. It's all right.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 2003 (2004) See more »

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Raging Sea/Bonnie Ship the Diamond
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A chance to relive the British Navy's Golden Age
10 May 2005 | by Corky1984See all my reviews

The British Navy ruled the waves throughout the nineteenth century and this film captures some of that spirit rather well. The cast is excellent, Crowe in particular shining as the captain. The battle scenes between Anglo-French vessels are very entertaining, the cannons blasting great big holes into enemy ships! The story itself is not going to set the world on fire, but its all done very nicely. The film offers a glimpse of what life at sea was like during the Napoleonic Wars and anybody with an interest in history should catch the film. A few more battles would have been nice, but there you go! It's over 2 hours long, but doesn't drag. One to watch definitely.


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