icon Film Profile: Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World - (2003)
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6.7/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"The courage to do the impossible lies in the hearts of men."

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  • Director: Peter Weir
  • Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure,
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Widescreen | Duration: 145 Mins

Overview:
Like the much-loved series of novels by Patrick O'Brian, to which this adaptation will no doubt be scrupulously compared, Peter Weir's film immerses the audience in the day-to-day life on board a 19th-century British warship as it pursues a "phantom" French vessel with the avowed intent of sending her to Davy Jones's locker. Purists will endlessly discuss the casting of Russell Crowe as Captain Jack Aubrey (here deploying his self-described "RSC two pints after lunch" English accent) and Paul Bettany as his ship's doctor and best friend, Maturin, but both give full-blooded performances. It might have been a little repetitive, but thankfully the likeable characters, Weir's meticulous attention to period detail and the stunningly realised action (The Surprise's rounding of Cape Horn is as exciting a seaborne sequence as has ever been committed to celluloid) more than make up for the slightly anorexic story. Sadly for the placated fans, the film wasn't enough of a box-office success to generate the sequels that it seemed to promise.
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Cast List:
Captain Jack Aubrey : Russell Crowe
Dr Stephen Maturin : Paul Bettany
Barrett Bonden : Billy Boyd
First Lt Thomas Pullings : James D'Arcy
Hollom : Lee Ingleby
Joe Plaice : George Innes
Mr Hogg : Mark Lewis Jones
Captain Howard : Chris Larkin
Mr Higgins : Richard McCabe
Mr Allen : Robert Pugh
Killick : David Threlfall
Lord Blakeney : Max Pirkis

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