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Sharpe's Mission (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure | History  -  5 August 2006 (USA)
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Sharpe is teamed with a Colonel he helped promote and they are tasked to destroy a powder magazine, but an alliance with the French may threaten their success. Meanwhile, Jane is wearying of the army life and Harper and Ramona are at odds.

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Daragh O'Malley ...
Abigail Cruttenden ...
James Laurenson ...
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Brand
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Pope
Nigel Betts ...
Pyecroft
Warren Saire ...
Shellington
John Tams ...
Jason Salkey ...
Harris
Diana Perez ...
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Colonel Cresson (as Peter Le Campion)
Peter Le Campion ...
Colonel Cresson
Olivier Pierre ...
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Three years previously Sharpe has been on a scouting party with Major Brand whose heroics found him promoted to Colonel. Now Sharpe is reunited with Brand,leader of a commando force,to go behind enemy lines and destroy a French gunpowder store. Also along are Major-General Ross,Wellington's head of intelligence,the disfigured explosives expert Major Pyecroft and Pyecroft's gypsy lover Zara,whom he rescued when a band of masked men killed her family. In fact Brand is leading them into a trap to capture Ross as he is a French spy and traitor,responsible for the deaths of Zara's family. Sharpe and Ross have their suspicions,which are confirmed after Brand's sergeant Pope tries to kill Zara.The fort is taken and Brand court-martialled and killed in a fight with Sharpe. The store is destroyed,thanks to Pyecroft. Back at camp a pretentious war reporter Shillington tries,unsuccessfully, to impress Jane with his poetry,though his sketches inadvertently help Sharpe to trap Brand. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Trivia

The white long-sleeved nightgown worn by Allie Byrne (Lady Kiely) is the same costume worn by Abigail Cruttenden (Jane Sharp) in Sharpe's Battle (1995). See more »

Goofs

When the Rocha fort blows up, look closely and you can see bits of masonry flutter to the ground showing it is not a real fort just a large set piece. See more »

Quotes

Sharpe: Sorry about keeping you from the rest of the camp. But I have my reasons.
Pyecroft: No need to apologize, Sharpe. I'm used to being on my own.
Sharpe: [reveals that he brought along Pyecroft's beloved as a stowaway, to Pyecroft's surprise] Well you won't be on your own tonight.
Pyecroft: ...thank you Sharpe.
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Follows Sharpe's Rifles (1993) See more »

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Gentleman Soldier
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Performed by John Tams
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Another good outing
25 February 2000 | by (Gloucester, England) – See all my reviews

Sharpe's Mission bucks the trend of the later Sharpe episodes in still being a good story with plenty of action. Once again Sean Bean excels in the lead role, ably supported by an impressive cast.

The story, as mentioned, is good; exposing the corrupt nature of some elements engaged in France, as well as hinting at the first signs of weakness in Sharpe's marriage. The episode moves along at a brisk pace, and yet still has time for some nice touches of humour with Harris' dealing of the slimy Shellington.

Overall a good episode which whilst not achieving the highs of the first few outings, still an improvement over some of the later showings.


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