Sharpe

Season 3 Episode 1

Sharpe's Gold

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 12, 1995 on ITV
8.6
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Sharpe's Gold
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Summer, 1813 An angry Sharpe goes in search of the British infantry who failed to stop the French retreat from a recent battle. He finds the infrantrymen are deserting, but can do nothing about it. Meanwhile, Ellie Nugent, a relation of Wellington's, rides into camp with her mother. They are looking for Ellie's father, who has gone missing while hunting for Aztec gold in the hills nearby. Wellington refuses to help them and orders them to go home - he says he has more serious problems to contend with, as he is running out of men and has agreed to exchange fifty-two captured deserters for Baker rifles. Sharpe is ordered to make the exchange and is followed by Ellie and her mother.moreless

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  • It is not close to the book at all, and it's not close to good at all either.

    5.0
    First, a little backstory. Despite sharing the same name as one of Bernard Cornwell's books, Sharpe's Gold has nothing to do with the book, which is far superior, in my opinion. It was originally going to be the first episode of the series, but Paul McGann (who had been cast as Sharpe) broke his leg, and production was halted while an insurance claim was made. Sean Bean replaced him, but they couldn't film the original script, as the insurance company would claim they didn't really suffer any loss. So the early script was tossed, and instead of rewriting one quickly, they did an adaptation of Sharpe's Rifles first. Sharpe's Gold was then remade for the third season.



    Because of all this, the plot is somewhat skimpy. It involves absurd Aztec rituals that are unintentionally funny and reminiscent of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I also found the characters annoying. Bess was grotesquely out of place, while Ellie had no real chemistry with Sharpe. Hugh Fraser, who plays Wellington, just looked embarassed to be in the film!



    Overall, Sharpe's Gold is one of the weaker (if not the weakest) entries of the series, and you can really do without it.moreless
Jayne Ashbourne

Jayne Ashbourne

Ellie Nugent

Guest Star

Peter Eyre

Peter Eyre

Will Nugent

Guest Star

Abel Folk

Abel Folk

El Casco

Guest Star

Daragh O'Malley

Daragh O'Malley

Harper

Recurring Role

Hugh Fraser (II)

Hugh Fraser (II)

Wellington

Recurring Role

John Tams

John Tams

Hagman

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Cooper: Hundreds of bloody bushes and he had to piss in mine!

    • Munro: (translating for El Casco) I do not kill Englishmen.
      Wellington: Well, that's a relief
      Munro: Not for the Scots.

    • Harper: I had an uncle once who thought the Fairies were after him.
      Sharpe: What happened to him?
      Harper: They got him.

    • Will Nugent: (about Sharpe) I'm most grateful... to this young man. He saved us all.
      Wellington: It's what he does. Isn't it, Sharpe?

    • Wellington: I often envy Napoleon, do I not, Munro?
      Munro: You're wrong. He's losing; you're winning.
      Wellington: In spite of all, he has the Imperial Guard and disciplined soldiers; I have the scum of the earth!
      Sharpe: They fight well, sir.
      Wellington: Oh yes, thieves, drunkards, jailbirds; I've flogged and drilled them into heroes! But when the battle's done, they turn back into drunken vagabonds. They rape, plunder, and run!

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