• 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: Drama , War , Adventure

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

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Just as Aubrey's authority springs from skill and knowledge, so does the film's power. They don't make movies like this any more because few people know how to make them.

  • 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

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    An intimate epic of infinite grace. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

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