Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany lead this Oscar-winning high seas period drama set during the Napoleonic war, directed by Peter Weir (Witness).

In 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, the brash Captain Jack Aubrey (Crowe) and the ship's scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Bettany), are ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast. Though Napoleon is winning the war and the men and their crew face an onslaught of obstacles, "Lucky Jack" is determined that nothing will stop the Surprise from completing its mission.

Winner of Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing, 2004 Academy Awards; Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and the David Lean Award for Direction, 2004 BAFTA Awards
2003Rating: M, Medium level violence, low level coarse language138 minsUSAEnglish, French and Portuguese with English subtitles
ActionDramaWarHistorical

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Vulture

Vulture

It never achieves the visual elegance or majesty that a David Lean might have provided. The story line isn't the freshest. And yet the film is satisfying all the same.

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Variety

Variety

Rare proof that a gigantic production in contemporary Hollywood can possess a distinctive personality, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World proves as bracing as a stiff wind on the open sea.

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Time Out

Time Out

Thanks in no small measure to Perfect Storm designer William Sandell, this handsomely mounted actioner exudes the authentic tang of salt, sweat and gunpowder.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Master and Commander hums with humour, passion and life.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

A rousing high-seas adventure that sweeps you into another world.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Master and Commander is grand and glorious, and touching in its attention to its characters.

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