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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Action,Adventure,Drama,War
USA / English
"The Courage To Do The Impossible Lies In The Hearts of Men. "
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.
Russell Crowe Capt. Jack Aubrey
Paul Bettany Dr. Stephen Maturin, Surgeon
James D'Arcy 1st Lt. Tom Pullings
Edward Woodall 2nd Lt. William Mowett
Chris Larkin Capt. Howard, Royal Marines
Max Pirkis Blakeney, Midshipman
Jack Randall Boyle, Midshipman
Max Benitz Calamy, Midshipman
Lee Ingleby Hollom, Midshipman
Richard Pates Williamson, Midshipman
Robert Pugh Mr. Allen, Master
Richard McCabe Mr. Higgins, Surgeon's Mate
Ian Mercer Mr. Hollar, Boatswain
Tony Dolan Mr. Lamb, Carpenter
David Threlfall Preserved Killick, Captain's Steward
Director: Peter Weir
Producer: Samuel Goldwyn Jr.,Duncan Henderson,Peter Weir
Writer: Patrick O'Brian,Peter Weir
I wish they'd make a dozen of sequels
Peter Weir has directed a bunch of will-be-Oscar-nominated movies. For me, this is not a merit for a filmmaker, since Oscar-dramas are usually 95% of entertainment, which by itself isn't interesting. His style is very compromising and clean, you are not surprised by originality, but you can enjoy the professional touch he has in his work.

Another Australian, Russell Crowe is also a professional, but has some weak points in his acting, mainly caused by certain machismo he desperately tries to maintain in all his characters.

Rest of the cast was unfamiliar to me and I had not read any Patrick O'Brian books. But the sea itself, tall ships and the Napoleonic Wars are of course great elements to base the story on, especially for a amateur war historian and summertime sailor like me.

I was surprised, how truly good Master and Commander was. A true adventure! I enjoyed the whole film and could not find anything I wouldn't like. Things were different in back then and Master and Commander presents its version of the Napoleonic Era. It looks very rich and detailed. Undoubtedly O'Brian novels form a fine background for the excellent screenplay. Soundtrack is very well done too, and musical scenes with Aubrey and Maturin playing duet with violin and cello ties their friendship. One of the best things in Master and Commander is the heartwarming friendship between these two characters.

It's like Weir and Crowe were born and trained to do this movie. And obviously I have born to watch it, since I've seen it five times so far. A perfect jewel of its kind. Oh, how I wish they'd make a dozen of sequels, especially since the end was sort of open and had a sense of continuation. If I had watched this movie when I was 12 I probably would have had a career in the navy...

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Imdb rating: 7.5
Musician: Iva Davies
Running time: 138 min
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