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

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Release Date: November 14th, 2003

DVD Release Date: April 20th, 2004

PG-13 |2 hr 19 min

Plot Summary

In 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, the brash Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and his trusted friend, the ship's scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany), are ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast. Though Napoleon is winning the war and the men and their crew face an onslaught of obstacles, including their own internal battles, "Lucky Jack" is determined that nothing will stop the Surprise from completing its mission.

Cast: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy, Lee Ingleby, George Innes, Mark Lewis Jones, Chris Larkin

Director: Peter Weir

Genres: Adventure , Drama , War

Production Co: Samuel Goldwyn Films, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Miramax Films

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Pursuit, Underdog, Quest, Tense, Friendship, Spirited

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    As magnificent as a high-masted 19th-century British warship, as explosive as a Napoleonic-era ocean battle seen above the cannon's mouth... probably the best movie of its kind ever made. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Like the work of David Lean, it achieves the epic without losing sight of the human, and to see it is to be reminded of the way great action movies can rouse and exhilarate us, can affirm life instead of simply dramatizing its destruction. show more

  • 90
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    The epic adventure, set during the Napoleonic Wars, boasts at least two artists at the top of their respective games -- namely filmmaker Peter Weir and actor Russell Crowe. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Sound Editing
Nominated Art Direction
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Makeup
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Directing
Nominated Film Editing