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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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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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Die Scharfschützen - 1. Das Banner des Blutes  »

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Bernard Cornwell, 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 »

Goofs

When Teresa is helping Sharpe and his men to gain access to Torrecastro, she slashes a French soldier across the stomach, killing him. A fraction of a second later we see her sword, and there isn't a drop of blood on it. See more »

Quotes

Richard Sharpe: [is helping Hagman through the marsh, and winces] Damn knee! Old leg wound, Hagman. Rain plays the devil with it!
Rifleman Hagman: Aye. Brown paper and paraffin oil is the only cure for a contrary leg!
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Referenced in Pride & Prejudice (2005) See more »

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Oranges and Lemons
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Fun adventure, but too many discrepancies
20 December 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I love the books, although it was the films that I first discovered. The films are still great stories, but I think there are too many discrepancies compared to the books.

Sean Bean is excellent as Richard Sharpe, but some of the other characters don't match the description in the books.

Teresa did not even appear in this book and she was not the leader of Spanish resistance when Sharpe first met her. She was 11 years younger than him, not 2 years older as between the actors.

The Spanish Major was the same age as Sharpe, not his Father's age. They have mixed at least two of the books together here, which is a shame as each book is great and has a story to tell.

Otherwise it is a fun and entertaining war/adventure story.


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