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Sharpe's Challenge (2006)

Sean Bean  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Bean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090XG9U8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A year after the battle of Waterloo, dispatches from India warn that a local Maharaja is threatening British interests. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. The last scout sent, Sharpe's best friend Sergeant Harper -- has gone missing and reports suggests that the real power behind the risings is Colonel Dodd, a malcontent East India Company Officer, and that the Maharaja has gathered into his impregnable fort. Once inside the fort things do not quite go as Sharpe has planned.

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126 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's Back and as Good as Ever!! August 1, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you're a Sharpe fan, you won't be disappointed with this newest installment of the television interpretations of Bernard Cornwell's novels. Yes, you're right, this one is a mishmash of the three books (Sharpe's Tiger, Triumph and Fortress) set in India, and Sharpe's age had to be fiddled with to accomodate the always gorgeous Sean Bean, but who really cares? In Challenge, Sharpe is no longer the young Sergeant with the bad attitude and short temper from the books, he is the older, retired officer with the bad attitude and short temper that we learned to love in the 90's on the telly. Same deal, right? We aren't arguing with anything that brings either Sharpe or Sean back to our televisions.

Challenge has the usual entertaining Sharpe storyline of beautiful heroine in distress, incompetent and untrustworthy British officers (including the always deliciously evil Simmerson, (Michael Cochrone) back for a reprise and Major Dodd, a sneering Toby Stephens at his evil best), faithful Sgt. Harper, exotic locations and lots of shooting and killing. Plus elephants, always a great addition to any story and not used enough in this film, and a conniving evil Indian Queen. Short cameos by Wellington and Ramona (Harper's wife) are a nice touch.

Assaults (military and romantic), mystery, treachery, bravery and, as always, instructions on how to load and fire three rounds in a minute. Great fun all around.

Okay, maybe Sean has aged a little, but he still fills out the green jacket (and pants) JUST FINE. And, of course, any gratitutous shirtless scenes only add to the enjoyment!

Sharpe's Challenge is just as much fun as any of the others in the series, better than some, definitely had more money to spend. Grab your rifle and fall in!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's Challenge September 25, 2006
Format:DVD
I wish some consumer reviews would quit harping and nitpicking how this episode does not exactly follow the plot of the book. This film is a compilation of three of Bernard Cramwell's novels. In the time frame of three hours it is impossible to include every one of his plot twists and turns. It is a given that some details will be deleted, and for the purpose of adapting the book to film medium some new plot conventions would be added. Rarely does a film identically match a novel and transferring a book to film creates the necessity for some artistic license.

The "Sharpe" series should be accepted as pure entertainment, not a detailed history lesson, so just accept the plot with some suspension of belief and not quibble about strict historical interpretation. "Sharpe's Challenge" is very loosely based on events which happened in India during British Colonialism and all the characters are fictitious. If the viewer accepts this, you'll definitely enjoy this swashbuckling episode. Lots of heroic deeds of derring do, acts of transformation, romance, political intrigue...there is plenty of swordfighting and minimal amounts of gore, blood and guts. The violence is not gratuitious, which suits me just fine, because I don't like violent action pictures. The movie is character driven, plot driven, with a strong narrative and literary script.This film is a work of art.

Nine years has passed since Sean Bean starred in "Sharpe's Waterloo" and, of course, he is older than prior episodes. Some consumer critics were irritated that Sean Bean doesn't have the teenage looks which the original novel places him in India. Again, they need to "get over it". Sean Bean was 47 when this film was made, and still has plenty of rugged sex appeal.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag - Enjoyable But Not Quite the Real Thing September 8, 2006
Format:DVD
I'm a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell, especially the Sharpe series. Sharpe's Fortress about the Siege of Gawilghur is perhaps my favorite Sharpe book. I like the Sean Bean TV movies, but as usual the books are better.

Sharpe's Challenge, two 90-minute movies being shown on BBC America, is loosely based on Sharpe's Fortress. William Dodd is the evil traitor now serving the Maharaja, there is a Hakeswill-like character (Sgt Shadrach Bickerstaff), a fortress is besieged, and beautiful women abound. Sharpe actually turns down the rather unsubtle advances of the scheming and beautiful Madhuvanthi (Padma Lakshmi) and I don't recall Sharpe doing that too often! The events take place some 14 years after Sharpe was last in India in the books and Sharpe is a colonel now.

So, it's a Sharpe story with reasonable verisimiltude for historical details of the era and the setting, but Sharpe's Challenge is not based on an actual specific battle (like the Siege of Gawilghur). It's an entertaining story and quite enjoyable way to pass three hours if you can set aside your quibbles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re:The "challenge" apparently involves a time machine, September 10, 2006
Format:DVD
In response the comment made by 'Reader' below that "The fact of the matter is, this is not a historical novel - it's a fantasy concocted about events that didn't happen, during a time when such events were not happening, solely to capitalize on the popularity of Sharpe and Harper. It comes across as the mish-mash it is." It is a mish mash of the first Sharpe novels but it is unfair to say that such events were not happening. This story takes place at the time of the third Mahratta war and there is plenty of action between the British and the Pindari bandits and local rulers. A quick Google search will show that there was a lot going on in India two years after Waterloo.

I personally thoroughly enjoyed Challenge for what it is and hope there will be more. It is quite unique on tv and something to be cherished.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Catch the Whole Series
This series is a adequate adaptation of the Sharpe's novels. Not the detail that those of us who read it enjoy, but it brings the action to life.
Published 7 days ago by Kevin E. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
This episode occurs a few years after the main part of the series ends, so there are some gaps - in time, in story, and even in plausibility. However, it's Sean Bean!!! Read more
Published 23 days ago by Kerry Aggen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe! "-))
I loved the earlier series and have watched it many times. This one is just as good as all the rest. Sean Bean is a superlative Sharpe. Worth every cent.
Published 1 month ago by Nobilangelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp is better than ever
The "newest" Sharp I own, most from the original CD from the first run of the series. This Sharpe is crisper, has subtitles for my bad hearing, and more racy, both more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by james mcgrew
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd!!!!
Great DVD. It has it all. A handsome sexy main character in Sean Bean and adventure history mystery and beautifully filmed in entirety. I recommended entire set highly.
Published 2 months ago by customer x
5.0 out of 5 stars It good to see Sharpe again
Nice location, nice plot Sean Bean does a nice job with this character it fits him. I hope to see more in the series some day, or at least more to come... Read more
Published 3 months ago by touristamou
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's challenge
This DVD was bought for my father and he enjoys watching the series having already collected the other episodes,

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Published 10 months ago by Jim T
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
Sean Bean reprises his role at Richard Sharpe. Not based on a particular Bernard Cornwell novel but still well written and acted. Be sure to get the full 138 minute version.
Published 14 months ago by Michael O.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series
Follows the book series fairly closely. You have to have read the series of books to appreciate this set of dvd s
Published 16 months ago by David Regal
5.0 out of 5 stars Sean Bean as Sharpe!
Loved them, had to have them all. Collect these for my hubby & we watch w/our adult children. Fun even if we were not history buffs.
Published 16 months ago by KathyLynn McDonald Johnston
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