Sharpe is a Captain saddled with the South Essex, a battalion run by incompetents, and filled with soldiers who have never been in battle. When the South Essex loses its colors (its regimental flag), Sharpe vows to save the honor of the regiment by capturing a French Imperial standard: an eagle.
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This is the first of the Sharpe movies to introduce a running theme of cultural references, here regarding art (Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Boticelli) and, as a recurring theme for the future, literature in general and Shakespeare in particular (here: "Julius Caesar"). See more
Sharpe teaches the South Essex to increase their rate of fire by simply dropping the musket ball down the barrel and tapping the butt on the ground to jolt it down, rather than using the ramrod. However, this method would only be used in an emergency as it badly affects the accuracy and power of the musket. It is perfectly possible to fire three to four rounds a minute using the ramrod, with practice. (Having said that, it is possible Sharpe taught them the shortcut because of the extremely limited time Simmerson allowed him to train them). See more
[he has just seen Sharpe talking with Colonel Lawford
You and the young lord twins, or what?
We spent three months chained in a cell in India. He had a page of the Bible. In three months he taught me how to read and write. How can you pay back a man who teaches you how to write your own name, Captain?
Followed by Sharpe's Sword
Over the Hills and Far Away
Lyrics adapted by John Tams
Performed by John Tams See more