Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

8.0 / Rated by 3 people

138 min.
Plot  The film takes place in the spring of 1805, during the Napoleonic Wars. Captain "Lucky Jack" Aubrey of HMS ''Surprise'' has orders to pursue the French privateer ''Acheron'', and "Sink, Burn, or take her a Prize." As the film opens on a foggy morning at sea, a crewman aboard the British warship hears a bell sound. Midshipman Hollom, who is on watch, hesitates to make a decision before Midshipman Calamy orders the ship to beat to quarters. As Captain Aubrey rushes on deck the ship is ambushed by ''Acheron'', a ship twice as large as the British warship.

''Surprise'' is heavily damaged, while her own cannon fire does not penetrate ''Acheron''s hull. Later in the battle, ''Surprise's'' rudder is shot off and her helm is blown away, making the ship unsteerable, adding to the fact that the ship is taking water fast. Using smaller boats, the crew of ''Surprise'' tow the ship into a fog bank and evade pursuit. Aubrey learns from a crewman who saw ''Acheron'' being built that she has ...



Russell Crowe
Captain Jack Aubrey
Paul Bettany
Dr. Stephen Maturin
James D'Arcy
First Lieutenant / Acting Captain Thomas Pullings
David Threlfall
Preserved Killick
Billy Boyd
Barrett Bonden


All Titles

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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