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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

[cert 12A, 138 mins]

Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Crowe is Patrick O'Brian's Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, renowned as a fighting captain in the British Navy, and Paul Bettany is ship's doctor Stephen Maturin. Their ship, the Surprise, is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy. With the HMS Surprise badly damaged and much of her crew injured, Aubrey is torn between duty and friendship as he pursues a high-stakes chase across two oceans, to intercept and capture his foe. It's a mission that can make his reputation- or destroy Lucky Jack and his crew.

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Director: Peter Weir

Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany

Level: AS, A2, GCSE

Subjects: English, History, Media Studies

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