In the Peninsular War, a British sergeant is field promoted to a lieutenant in charge of a disrespectful rifle company.

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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

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5 May 1993 (UK)  »

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Die Scharfschützen - 1. Das Banner des Blutes  »

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Bernard Cornwell, author of the Richard Sharpe novels on which the TV series was based, was so happy with Sean Bean's portrayal of his hero that he changed the physical description of Sharpe in his later books to more closely resemble the actor. See more »

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At the end as Sharpe and Hogan watch Teressa leave, the union flag on the building is upside down (as determined by the wide white areas of the St. Andrew's Cross relative to the half width diagonals of the red St. Patrick's Cross). When Sharpe descends the steps and stands in the road, it's up the right way. See more »

Quotes

Teresa: If you were French, I would take a knife and you would tell me all I wanted to know.
Richard Sharpe: But we are allies.
Teresa: Allies? Do allies keep secrets from each other?
Richard Sharpe: Lovers keep secrets from each other, yet they still make love.
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Followed by Sharpe's Eagle (1993) See more »

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Oranges and Lemons
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Performed by Michael Mears
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Excellent action and drama. Always interesting.
31 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of 14 "Sharpe" movie series. They are all very good. They are never dull. Mixes enough historical data to create interest. Costumes and equipment authentic. His struggle to overcome his lowly birth and better himself through military service achievement is heart rending. Gen Sir Wellesly who commissioned him from a Sgt. believes in him and backs him subtly. His faithful friend Sgt.Harper shares many adventure and helps Lt.Sharpe through many escapades. Assumpta Serena as his love interest, Teresa, and later wife is very well played. Sharpe has to constantly overcome hardship, discriminations and problems his peers do not. He is constantly being ragged on by his superiors and fellow officers who are much less brave. Sharpe has integrity and grit which is a big help to him. But he always wins the girl and overcomes by sheer determination and street smarts. One of the best TV series ever.


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