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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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Paul Trussell ...
Tongue
Lyndon Davies ...
Perkins
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Richard Ireson ...
Sgt. Williams
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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 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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Also Known As:

Die Scharfschützen - 1. Das Banner des Blutes  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Richard Sharpe: Name?
Cooper: Cooper, sir.
Richard Sharpe: Where you from, Cooper?
Cooper: Shoreditch, sir.
Richard Sharpe: Previous employment?
Cooper: By way of a trader, sir. In... property and the like.
Richard Sharpe: Would that be other people's property, Cooper?
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Followed by Sharpe's Mission (1996) 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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Great Movie Even If You're Not Historically Inclined
26 September 2001 | by (Ottawa, CANADA) – See all my reviews

The Napoleonic Wars are not typically my historical period of interest. A friend of mine had seen some of the Sharpe's movies on Public Television, bought the first set of videos and basically browbeat me into watching them. We watched Sharpe's Rifles, the first of the series, one night when I was over for dinner, and he gladly let me borrow the rest of that first set when I left. I was greatly, and pleasantly impressed. Sean Bean is, of course, a spectacular actor, and he brings a realistic personality to a character of the period. Richard Sharpe is a hero that's not always behaving quite like a hero, but when one realises that he was a commoner from a world where if he didn't join the army, he would've ended up a criminal, one can at least appreciate his behaviour, even if one doesn't always agree with it. The supporting cast also does a wonderful job. The series puts Sharpe in the forefront of actual historical events, specifically battles, and one is tempted to believe that he was a real person. If you're a fan of Sean Bean, if you're a fan of period movies, or Hell! if you're a fan of movies...period, you should check out at least the first set of Sharpe's movies, starting with this one.


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