Master and Commander

Master and Commander

The Far Side of the World

DVD - 2004
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Two men, Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's doctor and intelligence agent, become fast friends aboard a man-of-war ship during the Napoleonic wars.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004, c2003
Edition: Fullscreen version
Call Number: DVD F MAST
Characteristics: 1 DVD (138 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Far side of the world


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Based on the novel by Patrick O'Brain, who wrote many novels about the English Navy during Napoleonic Wars in the 19th Century.

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Nov 16, 2019

2004 rated PG for warfare and violence. This is a WONDERFUL movie of how nations fought each other on the high seas during the golden age of exploration & navies. Some humor, some deaths and what life aboard a sailing ship was like. Crowe plays a heroic British naval ship's captain with a good crew with explicit orders and duty from England's Admiralty and country on his actions on the high seas. Outstanding.

Oct 21, 2019

As movies go, this film is a bit old-fashioned. The movie does not delve into moral gray areas, and not every character has a conflicted dark side. But that doesn't mean Master and Commander is simplistic. The crew of the Surprise find plenty of sources of conflict amongst themselves even before they begin a game of naval tag with an enemy warship, and then that game treats the viewer to some mightily rousing battle scenes. And in this first-rate adventure tale, Russell Crowe amply demonstrates why he is considered a big-time movie star.

Apr 08, 2019

Russell Crowe at his man’s man best. Appearing very comfortable in this role Crowe plays it a bit subdued and lets the ship be center stage. Not really an action film it is a bit slow at times but not tedious if you enjoy historical pics.

May 22, 2018

Do you want a healthy fear of the open ocean? Nightmares about being caught in a sea storm?

Well, then this one's for you!

JCLEdwardR Feb 27, 2018

My only criticism is there are a few points where I got confused by the passage of time. However, this is a well made film that delivers on a lot of subplots as well as the main story. The final sea battle was exciting and I audibly cheered or gasped as it unfolded.

Aug 29, 2017

GREAT 2003 seafaring adventure film with fab cinematography and terrific performances by Russell Crowe and others.
I did watch it with English closed captions which made it easier to understand some of the rough seafaring diction...

Aug 25, 2017

I saw this film when it first came out, but had been put off by the difficult to understand dialogue. I recently read a book in the series and enjoyed it immensely, so I wanted to revisit the film. I'm glad I took the time.

Jul 10, 2017

An expansive cinematic achievement that sits well against such adventure classics as Lawrence of Arabia, and is a sure bet for fans of ocean bound drama.

Mar 27, 2017

I loved this movie. Great directing and photography, acting and story line. I've watched it several times and enjoy it thoroughly each time. Crowe is great in his role, it's perfectly suited to him. I really enjoyed the friendship between the captain and the doctor but didn't like when they started arguing. Watching people arguing on a film is just plain annoying. Highly recommended.

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Feb 19, 2012

Capt. Jack Aubrey: "Men must be governed! Often, not wisely, but governed nonetheless."

Dr. Stephen Maturin: "That's the excuse of every tyrant in history from Nero to Bonaparte..."

Feb 19, 2012

Capt. Jack Aubrey: "England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship IS England."


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