Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World

Synopsis: In April 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, H.M.S. Surprise, a British frigate, is under the command of Captain Jack Aubrey. Aubrey and the Surprise's current orders are to track and capture or destroy a French privateer named Acheron. The Acheron is currently in the Atlantic off South America headed toward the Pacific in order to extend Napoleon's reach of the wars. This task will be a difficult one as Aubrey quickly learns in an initial battle with the Acheron that it is a bigger and faster ship than the Surprise, which puts the Surprise at a disadvantage. Aubrey's single-mindedness in this seemingly impossible pursuit puts him at odds with the Surprise's doctor and naturalist, Stephen Maturin, who is also Aubrey's most trusted advisor on board and closest friend. Facing other internal obstacles which have resulted in what they consider a string of bad luck, Aubrey ultimately uses Maturin's scientific exploits to figure out a way to achieve his and the ship's seemingly impossible goal.
Director(s): Peter Weir
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 90 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
138 min

- Come on, come on. It's all right.

Yes, yes, it's all right.

Wake up, Will.

Starboard bow ahoy!

- What is it, Slade?

- Thought I heard somethin'.

Sounded like a bell.

- Native fishermen, perhaps.

- Or a reef marker, sir.

Mr Calamy, the lead, if you please.

- By the mark, five fathom.

- Five fathom!

- Sand and broken shell.

- Sand and broken shell.

What is it?


Two points off the starboard bow,

in the fog bank.

What was it? A sail?

- I don't know what it was.

- Should we beat to quarters?

- I can't be certain.

- You're officer of the watch.

Hollom, you must make a decision.

We shall beat to quarters!

Rouse up! Rouse up!

Sleepers awake!

Move! Move along! Move along!

Jump to it, boys! Jump to it!

Light along there!

Sighting in heavy fog.

- Handsomely on the yards tackle.

- Topmen aloft.

- Where away?

- Uh...

Two points off the starboard bow, sir.

Not a mile distant.

- You sure, Mr Hollom?

- Yes, sir.


I don't know, sir.

It was only for a moment.

I thought I saw a shape.

- Did you see it, Mr Calamy?

- No, sir.

Well, you did the right thing, Mr Hollom.

Go to your stations.

The deck's yours, Tom.


Clear away! And launch boats!

- Quit your dawdling!

- You heard the man!

Lower away!

Haul both your yard tackles!

Strike the bell!

Down! All hands down!

Hands to your stations!

Mr Hollar, damage report, if you please.

Run out the starboard battery.

Mr Allen, come up on the wind.

Lay me alongside at pistol-shot.

Sharpshooters to the tops, Mr Howard.

Sergeant! Take your section

into the main top.

We stand tall on the quarterdeck, son.

All of us.

- Mr Boyle, run up the colours.

- Aye, sir.

Note for the log, Mr Watt.

"Engaged enemy frigate at six bells. "

- Straight at 'em, Mr Mowett.

- Straight at 'em, sir.


Leave the swords!

Get the captain's silver below.

She's not in range yet!

Stand fast till she's close enough!

- Close with him amidships!

- Midships it is, sir!

For God's sake, don't drop anything!


- Hold your positions!

- Hold your position! Courage, now!

- Hold steady, boys!

- Don't worry, lads, we'll serve 'em out yet!

Mr Pullings, sir.

Davies, Jemmy, get Mr Pullings below.

Aye, sir.

Mr Blakeney, pass the word for the captain.

Clear the forward pin rails!

More sand on the floor!

On the up-roll... fire!


Relieving-tackles on the tiller!

You men, collect these wounded!

- Keep 'em spitting, Mr Calamy.

- Aye, sir. Reload and give 'em hell!

Sir! To the taffrail!

The rudder's shot away.

The steering don't answer, sir.

We're fish in a barrel.

Why are we not firing?

Let me through.

Here, Joe! Here!

Hold it in there!

- He's on the larboard bow, sir.

- Bring up your small arms!

Prepare to repel boarders.

Seize your weapons

and wait for the word.

Your orders, sir?

Call the gun crews to deck. Rig man-ropes

over the stern and pull the boats in.

Put us in that fog, Tom.

Pull together, men!

Pull for the fog bank!

Run 'em out! Run 'em out!


She's opened up a seam!

We need to get some oakum and pound it in.

Joe, a mallet and some irons!

She's gaining on us.

- We're nearly there, boys!

- Pull! Pull!

- Reach for it, men!

- We're home inside that fog!


Pull for Lucky Jack!

We've done it!

Pipe down. Silence on deck.

They'll not find us in here!

Quiet, lads. No shouts, no calls.

Avast rowing.

Well done, lads.

Two feet six inches, sir... and holding.

- Good work, Mr Lamb.

- Thank you, sir.

So, what's the butcher's bill?

Nine dead, 27 wounded.

Joe Plaice.

He has a severely depressed fracture of

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Peter Weir

Peter Lindsay Weir, AM ( WEER; born 21 August 1944) is an Australian film director. He was a leading figure in the Australian New Wave cinema movement (1970–1990), with films such as the mystery drama Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the supernatural thriller The Last Wave (1977) and the historical drama Gallipoli (1981). The climax of Weir's early career was the $6 million multi-national production The Year of Living Dangerously (1983). After the success of The Year of Living Dangerously, Weir directed a diverse group of American and international films covering most genres—many of them major box office hits—including Academy Award-nominated films such as the thriller Witness (1985), the drama Dead Poets Society (1989), the romantic comedy Green Card (1990), the social science fiction comedy-drama The Truman Show (1998) and the epic historical drama Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003). For his work on these five films, Weir personally accrued six Academy Award nominations as either a director, writer or producer. Since 2003, Weir's productivity has sharply declined, having directed only one subsequent feature, the critically successful but financial flop The Way Back (2010). more…

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