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Sharpe's Rifles (1993)

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

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Portugal 1809, the Peninsular War in the age of Napoleon. A British sergeant in the 95th Rifles saves the life of Arthur Wellesley, and finds himself promoted to Lieutenant and in charge of a company of Rifles that do no respect him, to carry out a dangerous and vital mission. Written by Kathy Li

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5 May 1993 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Scharfschützen - 1. Das Banner des Blutes  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When on the roof of the chapel at Torrecastro, Cooper indicates a Frenchmen (who had shot at him) with the words "Left - three o'clock". This is a phrase which would only be used by someone familiar with a clock face (which Cooper may not be) and three o'clock indicates 90 degrees to the right (not left). He then actually aims slightly towards the right of the square (more like one o'clock). See more »

Quotes

Rifleman Hagman: Daniel Hagman, poacher.
Richard Sharpe: You a good shot, then, Hagman?
Rifleman Hagman: Aye, I can shoot, sir.
Richard Sharpe: Go on, then. Show me.
[He pulls a beret out of Hagman's belt, and tosses it into the air. Hagman fires his rifle. Sharpe picks up the beret and shows him the hole in it]
Richard Sharpe: You've defaced the King's uniform, Hagman. I could put you up on a charge for that.
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Connections

Followed by Sharpe's Sword (1995) See more »

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Here's Adieu to All Judges and Juries
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Performed by Michael Mears and Brian Cox
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Fun! Now Go Read the Book!
2 June 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

What red-blooded girl could argue with 102 minutes of a mud-smeared Sean Bean swashbuckling in tight breeches? (Excuse me while I have an attack of the vapors...) It's a fun movie with a lot of action and great costumes, acting, and production values. BUT. . . I think the strong point of this series of movies is that it's likely to make you want to read the series of novels by Bernard Cornwell. Even for people who don't normally like to read historical/military fiction, they're a rollicking great read and packed with fascinating detail and character development. The movie is a tasty appetizer; the book is a satisfying meal. In this case, watching the movie won't ruin the book for you, and vice versa. Differences aside, they're done in the same spirit.


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