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Sharpe's Challenge (2006)

Sean Bean is back as the swashbuckling hero in Sharpe's Challenge, an action packed mini-series to be shot on location in Rajasthan, India. Two years after the Duke of Wellington crushes ... See full summary »

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Sean Bean is back as the swashbuckling hero in Sharpe's Challenge, an action packed mini-series to be shot on location in Rajasthan, India. Two years after the Duke of Wellington crushes Napoleon at Waterloo, dispatches from India tell of a local Maharaja, Khande Rao, who is threatening British interests there. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. When a beautiful general's daughter is kidnapped by the Indian warlord, the tension mounts, leaving Sharpe no option but to pursue the enemy right into its deadly lair. Deep in the heart of enemy territory he also has to keep at bay the beautiful but scheming Regent, Madhuvanthi, who is out to seduce him. The fate of an Empire and the life of a General's daughter lie in one man's hands... Written by Picture Palace Productions

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Although Sean Bean (Sharpe) and Toby Stephens (Dodd) are enemies in this series, they have both played enemies of James Bond (Bean in GoldenEye (1995) and Stephens in Die Another Day (2002)). Interesting to note is that Pierce Brosnan was Bond on both occasions. See more »

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There is a Continuity error which was addressed by Sharpe TV Series Director Tom Clegg and writer Russell Lewis as being Non Canon. Sharpe's wife Lucille who's erroneously reported as deceased in Sharpe's Challenge is in fact still alive and married to Sharpe living at their house in Normandy with her son Patrick Henri while he was away in India at the time of Sharpe's Challenge. See more »

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Richard Sharpe: There's me thinking, to want all our blood for something more than making rich men richer.
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Follows Sharpe's Honour (1994) See more »

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La Marseillaise
By Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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A welcome addition to the series.
26 October 2007 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

When I first heard about this film I had just finished watching the somewhat disappointing region 1 DVD set published by BFSs. As a result my expectations were somewhat mixed. I had high expectations for the film itself, but figured on another poor PALCAM video translation to NTSC format. Fortunately this wasn't the case. :-) What's more is that the locations, actors, props, sets, and everything one could expect from a Sharpe production were staged and coordinated with great care. This was the kind of scale of production that is a TV producer's dream. The ability to shoot large scale action on location must have been a thrill. It took the expectant production values from the original Sharpe series, and kicked them up a notch higher.

There's been some complaint by Sharpe fans about the apparent cobbling of the original stories by Bernard Cornwall into what one might call a "ex-post-facto" revisit to where Sharpe started. The only drawback that I can see is the fact that Sean Bean is a little old to be playing his younger self in the opening scenes. I don't want to be nitpikcy, but that's partially the fault of makeup and partially the fault of the cinematographer for not trying to make Bean look a little younger. Ironically enough Bean looks younger in the making of featurette included on this disk than he does in the actual production. Probably due to a softer lens and lower level of information gathered by video.

The only thing missing from this latest installment of Shapre were some panoramic shots of the location. With all of the natural scenery available I'm surprised it wasn't taken more advantage of. Even so the film is rich with detail of all sorts. Definitely a high water mark in the Sharpe series.

The acting is on par for this series. It's not Oscar material, but right for a Sharpe adventure. Bean gives Sharpe a little more world weary demeanor. Sharpe is a soldier who's fought, and is not looking forward to the possibility of more battle. He's also domesticated, which reinforces his reluctance for the challenge presented to him. Other cast members deliver respectable performances, though Simerson's character wasn't as cold hearted and self centered as I recall from the previous films.

An unexpected plus was seeing corrected crisp footage from the previous films included in the making of featurette. Those clips showed that the original films, though shot on either 16mm or low grade 35mm film stock, provided more detail and richer colors than what is currently available from the North American BFS release. Kudos to the BBC for producing this film and providing this DVD.

My only real complaint is that the film is short. Compared to the other Sharpe films it may actually be a bit longer, but it looks like there was a lot of footage cut from the film.

Regardless, even though Sharpe is more mature and older, and acknowledges this as a character, he's still Sharpe, and keeps his zest for right and wrong when the moment of truth comes. Enjoy! :-)


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