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  • Actors: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden, James Laurenson, Hugh Fraser
  • Directors: Tom Clegg
  • Writers: Bernard Cornwell, Eoghan Harris
  • Producers: Malcolm Craddock, Muir Sutherland, Ray Frift
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • 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: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AQ90
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sharpe's Mission" on IMDb

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Sean Bean, Hugh Fraser. Sharpe leads an attack on a critical French stronghold behind enemy lines, but the trap soon begins to close in this thrilling chapter. 1996/color/100 min/NR/fullscreen.

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It just seems much shorter.
P. Lister
Unlike most of the Sharpe's series, this story was NOT based on one of the books, but was an original screenplay.
Ben Breen
Transfer quality is pretty good too, like it was in Sharpe's Siege.
Terence Chua

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Terence Chua on April 24, 2001
Format: DVD
France, 1813. War hero Colonel Brand brings intelligence to Wellington - Fort Rocha, 30 miles behind French lines, contains the main powder and food supply for French General Calvert's forces. Brand and Sharpe are to lead a small force to blow it up, accompanied by Wellington's head of intelligence, Major Ross. Of course, nothing is as it seems, and soon the trap starts to close.
I liked this one - it's not based on any of Cornwell's novels but an original screenplay (Sharpe's Justice being the other one... and if you count the completely mutated 'adaptation' of Sharpe's Gold). The plot was, basically, not whodunit, but 'how would they figure it out?' Thankfully Sharpe was not as thick as he's been seeming lately and sorted it out quickly enough to turn the tables.
If there is a fault to this one, it's probably too many plotlines in the air intertwining. It got so that you had to have about 3 or 4 separate denouments at the end of the episode to tie things up. Still, things wind around nicely, and the bland "Sharpe's wife makes eyes at effiminate journalist/poet while Sharpe's away" subplot was made bearable by the presence of the inimitable Rifleman Harris, who is always a delight.
Transfer quality is pretty good too, like it was in Sharpe's Siege. Again, starting to get good again after lulls like Regiment and Siege.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ben Breen on April 10, 2001
Format: DVD
Sharpe's Mission is another great episode of this popular British action adventure series. If you're not already familiar with Sharpe's I recommend seeing earlier videos first (start with "Sharpe's Rifles" and "Sharpe's Eagles". I strongly recommend the series in general, as it is action packed and has good character development.
If you ARE familiar with the series, you probably should watch "Sharpe's Regiment" and "Sharpe's Siege" before "Mission", as there is new cast member in this that are introduced in these episodes.
It's pretty difficult to describe the events in this story without spoiling it. Basically, Sharpe must root out a British officer who is collaborating with the French and putting his own personal glory above all else. There is also an side-story involving some would-be extra-marital shananigans.
Unlike most of the Sharpe's series, this story was NOT based on one of the books, but was an original screenplay. This is far from the best episode of Sharpe's but its still very good, with lots of battles and some good suspense.
The transfer/video quality is better than most of the other "Sharpe's" discs, and the audio is quite nice as well. Truly sad that no extras or bonus features are included on any of the series, but still a great show none the less.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 1, 2004
Format: DVD
"Sharpe's Mission" starts with a flashback early in Wellington's Peninsula campaign where then Captain Sharpe (Sean Bean) and another officer named Brand (Mark Strong) encounter a French patrol. The French are holding a wounded British lieutenant and torturing him. Sharpe is going to rush the position but Brand goes instead. However, once Brand reaches the French they slip away and he shoots the lieutenant, bringing the body back to the other British troops. Because of his "heroism," as reported by Sharpe, Brand is promoted. The ruse has put a French spy into position in Wellington's army.

When we come to the present Major Sharpe is ordered to go behind French lines with a detachment commanded by Colonel Brand to destroy an ammunitions dump. On the other side the French want Brand to set a trap to capture Major General Ross (James Laurenson) and have another "ruse de guerre" to help with that plan. Meanwhile, Sharpe and Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley) are having similar problems with their brides. Jane Sharpe (Abigail Cruttenden), weary of being a military wife, is enjoying the attentions of a poet who has gone to make drawings of the war. Ramona Harper (Diana Perez) is made at her husband, who is paying too much attention to the gypsy girls visiting the camp, and is the target of the unwanted affections of Shellington (Warren Saire), a sergeant who is Brand's right-hand man.

The gypsies also introduce us to one of the more interesting supporting characters in the series. Major Pyecroft (Nigel Betts) is an explosions expert who weathers a leather hood because of a fuse that was cut too short. When Brand and Shellington, wearing their own masks, slaughter a young gypsy girl's parents, he helps her bury them and makes himself her protector.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kristin724 on December 15, 2008
Format: DVD
Compared to the first nearly original script Sharpe's Gold, I should be thankful for all the things Sharpe's Mission does well. This composite story for Eoghan Harris has all the good things from the Sharpe series, but it's almost too much of a good thing.

Major Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean) and Sergeant Harper (Daragh O'Malley) must go on a mission to destroy a French ammunition store house. Major Ross (James Laurenson) brings in his disfigured explosives specialist friend Pyecroft (Nigel Betts) for the mission, but reconnaissance specialist Major Brand (Mark Strong) and his men, however, are reckless and wild-putting Sharpe's mission and Wellington's (Hugh Fraser) camp at risk. Meanwhile, a reporter from England named Shellington (Warren Saire) attempts to charm Sharpe's wife Jane (Abigail Cruttenden) while he's away, and Rifleman Harris (Jason Salkey) must protect her.

It's a lot yes. Everything is good, I must say, but there's enough material in this first truly original script for two films; gypsies and murder, corruption and trials, poets and infidelity. Maybe writer Eoghan Harris and director Tom Clegg feared things would appear too thin, but there's something for everyone instead. Trouble is the balance isn't quite right. Things that should be developed more aren't, and yet scenes linger where they shouldn't. Is this film about Sharpe and Jane? Or the crooked Major Brand? Perhaps gypsies and the disfigured Pyecroft? I just don't know. Do I like Sharpe's Mission? Of course.

The guest cast is spot on for Mission. Strong as Major Brand is kind of attractive in an evil creepy way, and Saire's Shellington is obviously a used car salesman interested in more than just poetry.
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