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Sharpe's Rifles (1993)

In the Peninsular War, a British sergeant is field promoted to a lieutenant in charge of a disrespectful rifle company.

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Tom Clegg

Writers:

Eoghan Harris, Bernard Cornwell (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Sharpe
Brian Cox ... Hogan
Daragh O'Malley ... Harper
Assumpta Serna ... Teresa
David Troughton ... Wellesley
Simón Andreu ... Vivar
Michael Mears Michael Mears ... Cooper
John Tams John Tams ... Hagman
Jason Salkey ... Harris
Paul Trussell Paul Trussell ... Tongue
Lyndon Davies Lyndon Davies ... Perkins
Julian Fellowes ... Major Dunnett
Tim Bentinck ... Captain Murray
Richard Ireson Richard Ireson ... Sgt. Williams
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... Lawford
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Storyline

Portugal 1809, the Peninsular War in the age of Napoleon. A British sergeant in the 95th Rifles saves the life of Arthur Wellesley, and finds himself promoted to Lieutenant and in charge of a company of Rifles that do no respect him, to carry out a dangerous and vital mission. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

5 May 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Scharfschützen - 1. Das Banner des Blutes See more »

Filming Locations:

Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

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

Rifleman Tongue: Isiah Tongue, sir!
Richard Sharpe: Yes, I know that. Where you from, Tongue?
Rifleman Tongue: [mumbling] No, sir...
Richard Sharpe: Speak up, man!
Rifleman Tongue: Don't know, sir!
Richard Sharpe: What about your family?
Rifleman Tongue: Don't know, sir!
Richard Sharpe: Previous employment?
Rifleman Tongue: Army, sir. Just army.
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Connections

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Over the Hills and Far Away
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Excellent start to a classic series
4 May 2006 | by no-skylineSee all my reviews

Sharpe is without doubt one of the biggest achievements of British TV drama. All involved have worked wonders with the source material managing to squeeze in all the important elements of Bernard Cornwalls series of novels. Sean Bean is perfect for the role of Sharpe and with excellent support from Daragh O'Malley as Harper and the beautiful Assumpta Serena as Teresa this show really hits the ground running.

Sharpe is all about action and follows a similar blue print to the likes of Bond. Sharpe gets a mission from Wellington then the plot thickens to take in treachery and intrigue and then we get an action filled finale.

Sharpe has it's basis in reality most characters were real people Wellington etc, it takes in real events such as the battle of talevera and the weaponry, uniforms etc are accurate. But from there on in this is adventure in the boys own style and Sharpe is the perfect hero tough and always ready for a fight.

Sharpe is great TV entertainment and a nice change of pace from the reality TV hell we seem to be stuck in at present.

8/10


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