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|After a sudden attack by a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, Captain "Lucky? Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) of the British Navy is torn between duty and friendship as he embarks on a thrilling, high-stakes chase across two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy at any cost.|
"One of this year's best films--a classic... Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer
"...probably the best movie of its kind ever made. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Magnificent and heartfelt. Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
Editor's NoteBased on a series of books by Patrick O'Brian, and directed by Peter Weir, MASTER AND COMMANDER plunges viewers deep into the story of a British Navy ship at sea during the Napoleonic war. Russell Crowe stars as Aubrey, the charismatic captain who wrestles with issues like honor, pride, duty, sacrifice and loyalty while using ingenious tactics to engage his prey--a much larger and better-equipped French Man o' War. Paul Bettany plays his friend, the ship's doctor, who cautions Aubrey about letting revenge cloud his judgment after the French Man o' War almost sinks them in an early battle. Before the incredibly intense final skirmish the men battle a raging storm, launch an excursion to the Galapagos Islands, find time for grog-enhanced merriment, and endure some primitive surgery. Weir fills the film with a rich wealth of period detail, convincing dialogue, and the same haunting, dreamlike mood that has informed his best films, such as PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, THE LAST WAVE and THE TRUMAN SHOW. The wealth of sounds and sights on display are so evocative one can practically smell the salt air and feel the heave of the ocean. Russell is intense and inspiring as Aubrey, and Bettany proves a worthy match. MASTER AND COMMANDER is another triumph for Weir, and further evidence of his ability to fuse poetic realism with rousing entertainment.
Cast & Crew
|Mark Lewis Jones|
|Duncan Henderson - Producer|
|Patrick O'Brian - Source Writer|
|Russell Boyd - Director of Photography|
|Peter Weir - Screenwriter|
|Iva Davies - Composer|
|Peter Weir - Producer|
|Samuel Goldwyn Jr. - Producer|
|Alan B. Curtiss - Executive Producer|
|Christopher Gordon - Composer|
|Richard Tognetti - Composer|
|Peter Weir - Director|
|Peter Weir, Nominee, Best Director|
|Peter Weir et al., Winner, Best Picture|
|Richard King, Winner, Best Sound Editing|
|Russell Boyd, Winner, Best Cinematography|
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