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Writers:
Eoghan Harris (written by)
Bernard Cornwell (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
5 May 1993 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
In the Peninsular War, a British sergeant is field promoted to a lieutenant in charge of a disrespectful rifle company. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
An enjoyable fairytale See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Bean ... Sharpe

Brian Cox ... Hogan
Daragh O'Malley ... Harper

Assumpta Serna ... Teresa
David Troughton ... Wellesley
Simón Andreu ... Vivar
Michael Mears ... Cooper
John Tams ... Hagman
Jason Salkey ... Harris
Paul Trussell ... Tongue
Lyndon Davies ... Perkins

Julian Fellowes ... Major Dunnett

Tim Bentinck ... Captain Murray
Richard Ireson ... Sgt. Williams

Martin Jacobs ... Lawford
Malcolm Jamieson ... Colonel de L'Eclin
Anthony Hyde ... Man in Black
Jack McKenzie ... Mr. Parker

Kerry Shale ... James Rothschild
Karen Tungay ... Louisa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Slava Burlachko ... French Dragoon (uncredited)

Zed Korshoonoff ... French Cavalryman (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Clegg 
 
Writing credits
Eoghan Harris (written by)

Bernard Cornwell (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Ted Childs .... executive producer
Malcolm Craddock .... producer
Muir Sutherland .... executive producer
Neville C. Thompson .... associate producer (as Neville Thompson)
 
Original Music by
Dominic Muldowney 
John Tams 
 
Cinematography by
Ivan Strasburg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robin Sales 
 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
 
Production Design by
Andrew Mollo 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Elton 
Vladimir Litvinov 
 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
 
Makeup Department
Sano De Perpessac .... chief hairdresser
Margarida Miranda .... chief makeup
 
Production Management
Christian Abomnes .... unit manager
Chris Thompson .... production manager: Portugal
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Craddock .... second assistant director
Marc Jenny .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Irina Sapozhnikova .... set dresser
Alison Stewart-Richardson .... set dresser
Colin Thurston .... props
Tiago Albuquerque .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Colin Chapman .... dubbing editor
David Lis .... boom operator
Colin Martin .... sound mixer
Christian Wangler .... sound recordist
Richard Spooner .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Viktor Voronoy .... special effects supervisor (as Victor Voronoy)
 
Stunts
Oleg Korytin .... horse stunt coordinator (as Oleg Keratin)
Sasha Philatov .... stunt coordinator
Greg Powell .... stunt coordinator
Aleksandr Baranov .... stunts (uncredited)
Zed Korshoonoff .... stunts (uncredited)
Nikolay Pavlyuk .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Lloyd .... grip
Yuri Nugis .... gaffer (as Georgy Nugis)
Richard Philpott .... camera operator
Mark Strasburg .... focus
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Kharmova .... wardrobe supervisor
Barbara Rutter .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Adam Boome .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
David Barry .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant
Slava Burlachko .... horse master
José Correia .... associate: Animedia Audiovisual
Gina Cronk .... script editor
Pavel Douvidzon .... associate: East-West Creative Association (as Pavel Duvidson)
Caroline McManus .... associate: East-West Creative Association
Irene Meldris .... assistant to director
Igor Nosov .... associate: East-West Creative Association
Stepan Pojenian .... associate: East-West Creative Association (as Stefan Pojenian)
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor
John Raymond .... associate: East-West Creative Association
Richard Rutherford-Moore .... technical advisor (as Richard Moore)
Tatyana Shakhgeldyan .... associate: East-West Creative Association
Patricia Vieira .... associate: Animedia Audiovisual
Cindy Winter .... assistant to producer
Winnie Wishart .... production coordinator
Zinaida Kravchenko .... production accountant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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USA:102 min
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The rifle used by Sharpe's unit (and indeed by all British rifle companies of the Napoleonic Wars) is the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle, known also as the "Baker" rifle after its designer, London gunsmith Ezekiel Baker. Formally adopted in 1800 for limited issue to special rifle companies, this .635-caliber flintlock weapon was one of the first rifles to be mass-produced, and the first type of rifle to be accepted as an issue weapon by a major military. Previous rifles used in combat were fielded by militia units, whose members were required to supply their own gun; the Baker was a departure both in being purpose-built for the British Army and in taking its design cues not from the long, smooth-bore muskets used by Regulars as previous rifles had been - as in the case of the classic American long rifles used during the American Revolution - but after the shorter, more compact German and Prussian "Jaeger" rifles, which were meant originally to be hunting weapons. The Baker was well-regarded for its accuracy and durability, and was so successful that it was produced until 1838 and issued as late as 1841. Bakers were also used in various colonial conflicts, against the Americans during the War of 1812, and, in the hands of Mexican troops (alongside Brown Bess muskets), during the Texan Revolution.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
[Sharpe is asking his men about their pasts]
Sharpe:Well?
Harris:Harris. From Wheatley in Oxfordshire.
Sharpe:And previously?
Harris:A courtier to my lord Bacchus and an unremitting debtor.
Sharpe:You're a rake and a wastrel, Harris. Is there anything you *can* do?
Harris:I can read, sir.
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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable fairytale, 16 March 2011
Author: satori9512011 from Norway

A fairly entertaining series, but with a too little economic backing to carry it off properly, the events of 1808 was on such a scale that a realistic recreation is difficult. However when a force that consisted of 30 000 or 120 000 men is attempted recreated with 30 to 60 men some of the sense of it all loses its meaning. The only way to hide such inadequacies is to have a clever and inventive camera man sadly lacking here which gives the production a veneer of amateurishness it could well be without. Another problem is that the extras they have used are non-military ergo they don't know how to march, or fight, or shoot and all the battle scenes look thoroughly fake. That said the main characters in the series for most parts do a passable job; with a few exceptions who are about as involved as cheddar cheese. Sean Bean is an actor who I before this series, never have liked in any role he has played, but the role of Sharp suits him and he is believable in the role.

As for the historical aspect to this series it is interesting to observe how liberal the English are with historical events, while simultaneously complaining over the Americans and Hollywood for falsifying history.

I read the books the series is based on some years back and had an impression that they were more true to the actual events than this TV series, then again I might be suffering from a laps of amnesia. I cannot speak for the part of the series that unfolds itself in India but to anyone versed in European history it is a known fact that the French pulled out of Spain due to the troubles the Spanish guerrilla was causing them. The relentless fighting against an enemy they could not see was bleeding the French ranks and draining their resources, demoralizing their troops and when Napoleon in 1813 suffered great losses in Russia the French began pulling out their troops from Spain as they were needed for the defense of France against the advancing Russians. Since then the English have told us that they kicked the French out of Spain and in this series, even giving the impression that it was them, not the Russians; who marched into Paris having defeated Napoleon in 1814.

Secondly, in the first part of this series the French intelligence service is depicted as completely inept compared to the English one. This is perhaps even more preposterous than taking credit for what the Russians and Spanish did, for French intelligence services was led by a man called Fouché and he had developed the most effective intelligence agency Europe had seen up till then, compared to this the English were amateurs (to use a French word, of which reconnoiter is another one).

The third preposterous allegation from the series is that it was Wellington who single handed beat Napoleon at Waterloo. We have heard this lie so often now from the British that the man who really beat Naploeon at Wateroloo and ended his reign has almost been forgotten. But his name was Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, count of Wahlstat. Unlike Wellington, Blücher had met Napoleon in the field before, at Jena and was for a long time the only one who got away from it with some honour intact. The 50 000 strong Prussian troops (the English had 30 000)was what got Wellington's boots out of the fire rescuing him from a battle he was losing. it was them who captured Napoleon and was the first to take Paris. As a reward the English has pretended he was not there at best he is a foot note.

In spite of this the Series is as I said at the start an enjoyable little fairy-tale just like Harry Potter and well worth watching, for most parts it is better than the mindless rubbish one usually is served on TV; but like Harry Potter, not to be taken too serious - if you are looking for historical accuracy from the English I would rather suggest Black Adder.

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