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 office'r and mutiny,though they eventually come to respect him. Sharpe's group meet up with a band of Spanish partisans,led by a woman Teresa,with whom Sharpe is deeply smitten. Eventually they rout the French and rescue a trio of Methodist missionaries,one of whom, a woman,is actually Rothschild in disguise. Written by
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Did You Know?
In one scene, Vivar is seen to light a cigar with what appears to be a pistol with no barrel. This is, in fact, a flintlock fire-starter - pretty much exactly a pistol grip and lock with no barrel, designed to ignite tinder by means of the shower of sparks created when the flint in the lock strikes the steel frizzen. See more
In the abandoned cottage, Harper bends and reacts to Sharpe's kick to his groin a split second before Sharpe's foot actually connects, even though Harper's face is turned away looking behind him. See more
[both are speaking in Spanish about Sharpe
Be careful, he's very clever.
Major Blas Vivar
But his men don't like him.
Followed by Sharpe's Company
Here's Adieu to All Judges and Juries
Performed by Michael Mears
and Brian Cox See more