During the Peninsular War in Spain against the French Sergeant Richard Sharpe saves the life of Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington and is promoted to Lieutenant. In order to pay the troops Wellesley needs a money draft from the banker Rothschild but fears he has been captured by the French and sends Sharpe behind enemy lines to find him. Sharpe is allowed to pick his own platoon of crack riflemen, led by the surly Irishman Harper and including Hagman and Harris, who resent Sharpe as not being a 'proper officer' and mutiny, although they eventually come to respect him. Sharpe's group meet up with a band of Spanish partisans led by Teresa, with whom Sharpe is deeply smitten. Eventually they rout the French and rescue a trio of Methodist missionaries, one of whom, dressed as a woman, is actually Rothschild in disguise. Written by
don @ minifie-1
5 May 1993 (UK)
See more »
Also Known As:
Die Scharfschützen - 1. Das Banner des Blutes
See more »
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
See full technical specs
Did You Know?
The jacket which Sean Bean
wears on the cover picture was actually tailored for the smaller 'Paul McGann', whom Bean replaced in the role of Sharpe, which is why the jacket hangs open at the front. See more
After Teresa has helped Sharpe and his men to gain access to Torrecastro she appears to pull down a zip fastener to remove the skirt she was wearing over her trousers. A functional version of this type of fastener was not perfected until 1913 by Gideon Sundback in the U.S.A. See more
[Sharpe is asking his men about their pasts
Harris. From Wheatley in Oxfordshire.
A courtier to my lord Bacchus and an unremitting debtor.
You're a rake and a wastrel, Harris. Is there anything you *can* do?
I can read, sir.
Followed by Sharpe's Battle
Here's Adieu to All Judges and Juries
Performed by Michael Mears
and Brian Cox See more