Master and Commander

Master and Commander

The Far Side of the World

DVD - 2003
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During the Napoleonic Wars, a British frigate, the HMS Surprise, and the larger French warship, Acheron, stalk each other off of the coast of South America. Lucky Jack, as he is referred to by his crew, is well regarded by his men, who trust him implicitly, even after the first devastating battle and an apparent personal vendetta against the French captain. The ship's surgeon balances the violence of his chosen life with the quiet demeanor of the scientist. He is the captain's friend and confidant, the two frequently playing violin and cello duets together


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Apr 08, 2019

Russell Crowe at his man’s man best. Appearing very comfortable in this role Crowe plays it a bit subdued and lets the ship be center stage. Not really an action film it is a bit slow at times but not tedious if you enjoy historical pics.

May 22, 2018

Do you want a healthy fear of the open ocean? Nightmares about being caught in a sea storm?

Well, then this one's for you!

JCLEdwardR Feb 27, 2018

My only criticism is there are a few points where I got confused by the passage of time. However, this is a well made film that delivers on a lot of subplots as well as the main story. The final sea battle was exciting and I audibly cheered or gasped as it unfolded.

Aug 29, 2017

GREAT 2003 seafaring adventure film with fab cinematography and terrific performances by Russell Crowe and others.
I did watch it with English closed captions which made it easier to understand some of the rough seafaring diction...

Aug 25, 2017

I saw this film when it first came out, but had been put off by the difficult to understand dialogue. I recently read a book in the series and enjoyed it immensely, so I wanted to revisit the film. I'm glad I took the time.

Jul 10, 2017

An expansive cinematic achievement that sits well against such adventure classics as Lawrence of Arabia, and is a sure bet for fans of ocean bound drama.

Mar 27, 2017

I loved this movie. Great directing and photography, acting and story line. I've watched it several times and enjoy it thoroughly each time. Crowe is great in his role, it's perfectly suited to him. I really enjoyed the friendship between the captain and the doctor but didn't like when they started arguing. Watching people arguing on a film is just plain annoying. Highly recommended.

Feb 22, 2017

I watched this movie years ago when the DVD was just released. I watched it this time to see Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany's acting. While some of the story may be a little far fetched,(how can one ship suffer so much damage and still stay afloat, especially around Cape Horn?) I still enjoyed the film; get the Phantom, the chase, the intrigue, the camouflage; the development of characters which was phenomenal. A movie well worth watching again.

Nov 25, 2016

Disappointing, hard to understand dialogue. As a Navy veteran i was interested in the shipboard terminology. The ship took lots of cannon ball hits yet stayed afloat. Lots of hand to hand combat. Interesting to see young boys in uniform learning to be sailors and junior officers. Produced by famous son Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

Nov 03, 2016

A fairly well done and entertaining sea yarn.

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Feb 19, 2012

Capt. Jack Aubrey: "Men must be governed! Often, not wisely, but governed nonetheless."

Dr. Stephen Maturin: "That's the excuse of every tyrant in history from Nero to Bonaparte..."

Feb 19, 2012

Capt. Jack Aubrey: "England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship IS England."


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