Based on the novel by Bernard Cornwell, "Sharpe's Waterloo" brings maverick British officer Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe to his last fight against the French, in June of 1815. Sharpe is assigned to the Prince of Orange's staff, and is rejoined with Sgt. Harper (retired) and riflemen Hagman and Harris at the famous battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo. Not only must Sharpe deal with incompetent orders from the Prince of Orange, that lead to slaughter, he confronts his wife's lover, Lord Rossendale, in the midst of battle. The film climaxes as Wellington's small army 'holds the line' against Napolean's veteran Imperial Guard. Written by
Did You Know?
In historical truth, the Prussians were indeed late to the battle, though that may have made all the difference. According to author Bernard Cornwell
, if the Prussians had arrived on time, then Napoleon would most likely have backed out and would have fought another day. The way it happened, his army was far too involved to be pulled out, and Napoleon was utterly defeated. See more
Harper and Sharpe are standing next to each other on the rafters in the barn during the first big battle. Sharpe is surprised by a dead soldier and swears. Harper then comes into the barn and warns him of the gate. See more
[to the retreating Dutch troops
My lads, you look blown from your run. Come, do take breath a moment. Then we will go back and try if we can do better. Take heart, soon have some guns up. Uxbridge!
Oh, they do come, I assure you. What of the Prussians. Any word at all?
I told the Prussians we'll support them but only if not attacked here. They'll have to fight without us today.
Follows Sharpe's Enemy