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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Country: USA

Genre: War Drama



During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.


  • Based on several of the novels in the Aubrey-Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian, notably "Master and Commander" (1969), "HMS Surprise" (1973), "The Fortune of War" (1979), "The Letter of Marque" (1988), and particularly "The Far Side of the World" (1984). The series focused on two main characters, naval officer Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe in the film) and physician and naturalist Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany in the film - in the novels Maturin is also a spy, but the film omits this entirely).
  • It is fair to say that this film was positively showered with awards, which included: the David Lean Award for Direction at the BAFTA Awards (2004), the award for Best Cinematography at the 76th Academy Awards (2004), the Movie of the Year award at the AFI Awards USA (2004), the Film of the Year award at the London Critics Circle Film Awards (2004), and numerous others.
  • For his role in this film, Max Pirkis won the award for Best Young Actor in an International Film at the Young Artist Awards (2004), as well as the award for Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard British Film Awards (2004).
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  • Russell Crowe
    (Capt. Jack Aubrey)
  • Paul Bettany
    (Dr. Stephen Maturin)
  • James D'Arcy
    (1st Lt. Tom Pullings)
  • Edward Woodall
    (2nd Lt. William Mowett)
  • Chris Larkin
    (Capt. Howard, Royal Marines)
  • Max Pirkis
    (Blakeney, Midshipman)
  • Jack Randall
    (Boyle, Midshipman)
  • Max Benitz
    (Calamy, Midshipman)
  • Lee Ingleby
    (Hollom, Midshipman)

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All swashbuckling and lots of action but amongst all the cannon fire and somewhat overdone British sailors comradeship, Max Pirkis as Midshipman Blakeney stood out. Blond and outstandingly good looking he was every captain's cabin boy dream though, in his case, of higher rank. There were a few other boys who made brief appearances in this film including a quick shot of a boy on the French ship.

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Something quite rare: adventure and friendship at sea combined with careful, detailed and broadly very accurate period recreation.

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