Master And Commander

Fox / Miramax / Univeresal Released 2003



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Peter Weir

Captain Jack Aubrey of the HMS Surprise, a cunning and seasoned captain who has recently received orders to capture or destroy a French vessel, Acheron--that has been wreaking havoc on British ships throughout the Empire. Acheron is a fast and powerful ship, and it will take all of Jack Aubrey's know-how (and some assistance from his ship's physician, Stephen Maturin) to take down the dangerous ship.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Stupendously entertaining.

  • 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Rare proof that a gigantic production in contemporary Hollywood can possess a distinctive personality and its own approach to storytelling, Master and Commander: The Far Side of th...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Few actors can be as convincing as leaders of men, and to see Crowe as Capt. Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is to see a consummate performer doing w...

    Russell Crowe

    Russell Crowe

    Capt. Jack Aubrey

    Paul Bettany

    Paul Bettany

    Dr. Stephen Maturin, Surgeon

    Billy Boyd

    Billy Boyd

    Barrett Bonden, Coxswain

    James D'Arcy

    James D'Arcy

    1st Lt. Tom Pullings

    Lee Ingleby

    Lee Ingleby

    Hollom, Midshipman

    George Innes

    George Innes

    Joe Plaice, Able Seaman

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      • Production Budget - $150,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $93,927,920 (31st)
        Worldwide Gross - $212,011,111 (20th)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $127,106,439
        Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $286,900,608

      • Other Production Companies:
        Samuel Goldwyn Films

      • Tagline:
        The Courage To Do The Impossible Lies In The Hearts of Men.

      • Filming locations include:
        Fox Baja Studios, Rosarito, Baja California Norte, Mexico
        Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
        Rosarito, Baja California Norte, Mexico

      • Music:
        Ghost of Time
        Composed by Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon and Richard Tognetti
        Performed by Iva Davies and Icehouse
        Featured Violin Performance by Richard Tognetti
        Orchestrated by Christopher Gordon
        Endless Ocean
        Composed by Christopher Gordon and Iva Davies
        Violin Concerto no. 3
        Strassburg" K.216, 3rd Movement
        Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
        O'Sullivan's March
        Spanish Ladies
        Raging Sea / Bonnie Ship the Diamond
        Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
        Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
        Performed by The New Queen's Hall Orchestra
        (Barry Wordsworth conducting)
        Don't Forget Your Old Shipmates
        Adagio from Concerto Grosso Op. 6, no. 8 in G Minor Christmas Concerto
        Composed by Arcangelo Corelli
        Prelude (From the Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007)
        Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
        Performed by Yo-Yo Ma, cello
        Boccherini La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid. No. 6, Op. 30
        Composed by Luigi Boccherini

      • Academy Award Wins:
        Sound Editing

        Academy Award Nominations:

        1. Picture -
        2. Director - Peter Weir (won by Peter Jackson for LOTR:TROTK)
        3. Editing
        4. Art Direction
        5. Costume Design
        6. Makeup
        7. Visual Effects
        8. Sound

        Golden Globes Nominations:
        1. Director - Peter Weir  (won by Peter Jackson for LOTR:TROTK)
        2. Actor - Russell Crowe  (won by Sean Penn for Mystic River)
        3. Best Drama

        BAFTA Awards Wins:
        1. Sound
        2. Costume Design
        3. Production Design
        4. David Lean Award

        BAFTA Nominations:
        1. Best Film
        2. Cinematography
        3. Visual Effects
        4. Supporting Actor - Paul Bettany  (won by Bill Nighy for Love Actually)

      • Alternate title - Master and Commander: Far Side of the World

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