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
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5 May 1993 (UK)
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Also Known As:
Die Scharfschützen - 1. Das Banner des Blutes
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Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?
, 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
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
If you were French, I would take a knife and you would tell me all I wanted to know.
But we are allies.
Allies? Do allies keep secrets from each other?
Lovers keep secrets from each other, yet they still make love.
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