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Sharpe's Rifles (1993)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure | History  -  5 May 1993 (UK)
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In the Peninsular War, a British sergeant is field promoted to a lieutenant in charge of a disrespectful rifle company.

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David Troughton ...
Simón Andreu ...
Vivar
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Tongue
Lyndon Davies ...
Perkins
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Captain Murray
Richard Ireson ...
Sgt. Williams
Martin Jacobs ...
Lawford
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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 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 don @ minifie-1

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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Teresa: [both are speaking in Spanish about Sharpe] Be careful, he's very clever.
Major Blas Vivar: But his men don't like him.
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Followed by Sharpe's Company (1994) See more »

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Here's Adieu to All Judges and Juries
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Traditional
Performed by Michael Mears and Brian Cox
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An enjoyable action/adventure t.v. series out of the UK.
1 September 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Sharpe's Rifles" is the first in a series of about 14 teleplays with Sean Bean playing the rough, tough commander of a motley bunch of sharp shooters who fight for Britain in the Peninsular campaign (circa 1808ish). The film is an enjoyable action/adventure romp with Sharpe as much a ladies' man as a man's man who must prove himself to both in this foray into Spain on a somewhat ambiguous mission. Not to be taken seriously, "Sharpe's Rifles" is just fun stuff for anyone into adventure flix set during the Napoleonic Wars. Note: the video quality on the bare bones DVD I watched was no better than I would expect from broadcast and there were no CC's, subtitles, or extra features. (B-)


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