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Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, related images and brief language.

PG-13 In Theaters 11/14/2003 , 139min.
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Plot & Details

Director Peter Weir's first turn behind the camera since 1998's critically acclaimed The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is based on two Napoleonic War-era adventure novels in author Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, Master and Commander and The Far Side of the World. Russell Crowe stars as Captain Jack Aubrey, a high-seas adventurer who maintains a strong bond with ship-surgeon Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany). After conquering much of Europe already, Napoleon's forces have set their sights on taking Britain, so Aubrey and the crew of his ship, the HMS Surprise, take to the Pacific to intercept any attacking ships from the French fleet. When Aubrey eyes a renegade French super-frigate, the Surprise pursues, leading to an adrenaline-charged chase through the distant reaches of the sea. Edward Woodall, James D'Arcy, and Lee Ingleby also star as members of the Surprise's crew.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Yolanda Toussieng Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Edouard Henriques III Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Nathan McGuinness Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Stefen Fangmeier Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Lee Smith Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Russell Boyd Won
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Daniel Sudick Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction William Sandell Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Wendy Stites Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Doug Hemphill Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Peter Weir Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Robert Stromberg Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Robert Gould Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing Richard King Won
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Paul Massey Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Peter Weir Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Duncan Henderson Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Peter Weir Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Russell Crowe Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Russell Boyd Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Director Peter Weir Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Russell Boyd Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Directors Guild of America Best Director Peter Weir Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Russell Boyd Won

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