Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Image

Universal acclaim - based on 42 Critics

User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 456 Ratings

Summary: During the Napoleonic Wars, a British frigate, HMS Surprise, and a much larger French warship, the Acheron, with greater fire power, stalk each other off of the coast of South America. Russell Crowe brings great intensity to the role of Captain Jack Aubrey. Lucky Jack, as he is referred to by his crew, is well regarded by his men, who trust him implicitly, even after the first devastating battle and an apparent personal vendetta against the French captain. While the naval battle sequences are quite fantastic, the film is successful because director Weir chose to build the story to get to know the men who are locked aboard the tight quarters of a small ship and how they interact everyday. The officers and the mates are well-known by the time the final battle comes. Paul Bettany offers a strong performance as the surgeon and naturalist who balances the violence of his chosen life with the quiet demeanor of the scientist. He is the captain's friend and confidant, the two frequently playing violin and cello duets together. The horrors of the injuries from the war are frequently implied, but vividly depicted in the reactions of the characters.
Runtime: 138 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, related images, and brief language.
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Languages: English, French, Portuguese
Home Release Date: Apr 20, 2004
Director Credit
Peter Weir Director
Writer Credit
John Collee Screenplay
Patrick O'Brian Novels
Peter Weir Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
James D'Arcy 1st Lt. Tom Pullings
Paul Bettany Dr. Stephen Maturin, Surgeon
Russell Crowe Capt. Jack Aubrey
Cast Credit
Chris Larkin Capt. Howard, Royal Marines
David Threlfall Preserved Killick, Captain's Steward
Edward Woodall 2nd Lt. William Mowett
Ian Mercer Mr. Hollar, Boatswain
Jack Randall Boyle, Midshipman
Lee Ingleby Hollom, Midshipman
Max Benitz Calamy, Midshipman
Max Pirkis Blakeney, Midshipman
Richard McCabe Mr. Higgins, Surgeon's Mate
Richard Pates Williamson, Midshipman
Robert Pugh Mr. Allen, Master
Tony Dolan Mr. Lamb, Carpenter
Producer Credit
Alan B. Curtiss Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Co-Producer
Duncan Henderson Producer
Harvey Weinstein Co-Producer
Meyer Gottlieb Co-Producer
Peter Weir Producer
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Producer
Todd Arnow Co-Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: