History Film / MasterAndCommander

22nd Oct '17 4:56:29 PM lakingsif
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* RoadsideSurgery:
** One sailor receives a serious head wound during the first battle against the Acheron. The ship's physician performs open cranial surgery on the man on the main deck in broad daylight because operating lamps haven't been invented yet. This includes using a silver coin to patch the hole in the man's skull.
** Junior officer Blakeley suffers severe damage to his right arm after the third skirmish against the Acheron, which necessitates amputation at the mid-humerus without anesthetic, just a shot of whiskey. Blakeley is awake and aware of the procedure, including the dreaded bone saw. Hospital escort ships hadn't been invented yet, and a sick bay was a rare luxury too good for the Surprise.
2nd Oct '17 11:18:02 AM ClintEastwood
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* WeaponsUnderstudies:
** Of a sort. The French frigate is represented by a 3D model of the USS ''Constitution'', an American (nominal) 44-gun Heavy Frigate (essentially an Age of Sail [[UsefulNotes/TypesOfNavalShips Battlecruiser]]). [[note]]Though rated at 44 guns, the USS ''Constitution'' invariably mounted 56 guns, not counting chasers. Most of these cannon are long-barreled 24-pounders, while the rest are even larger, short-barreled carronades. The reason for the discrepancy is that a ship was rated by how many guns it was launched with, not the number it eventually mounted, especially in the case of carronades added after commissioning.[[/note]] In ''The Far Side of the World'', the book the film was based on, the enemy was the USS ''Norfolk'', a 32-gun American frigate during the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 more comparable to the HMS ''Surprise'', based on the RealLife exploits of the USS ''Essex''.
** The ''Surprise'' herself, portrayed here by the replica of the HMS ''Rose'', a 20-gun post ship[[note]]A sixth-rate frigate with enough guns to warrant command by a post captain[[/note]] mounting nine-pound long guns. The ''Surprise'', classed as a 28-gun sixth rate, was rearmed with twenty-four 32-pound carronades along her main deck plus eight 32-pounders on her fore- and quarterdecks, plus chasers, upon entry into British service. As in the French Navy, this caused confusion over whether she should be rated as a fifth rate or a sixth rate (she was re-rated as a sixth rate in 1798 and maintained this for the remainder of her career). She also bore the main mast of a 36-gun frigate, equally as inordinate as her heavy armament.
29th Sep '17 11:33:00 AM OtterOverthinker
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* CombatPragmatist: Members of the crew fight with whatever weapons they have - daggers, dirks, cutlasses, sabres, pistol butts, axes, even a large ''carpentry hammer''. They also used different ways of stopping cannon fire, from dousing the vent to [[DeliberateInjuryGambit blocking the striker with their bare hand]].
29th Sep '17 11:27:40 AM OtterOverthinker
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* NotSoDifferent: When Aubrey finds sheet music and a French horn in the [[spoiler:''Acheron'''s captain's quarters]]. Also the enemy captain is seen to have similar problems of keeping personal hygiene (i.e. shaving and combing). Lampshaded at the beginning when Aubrey wonder what the enemy captain's deal is. Maturin speaks his opinion: "He fights like you, Jack."

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* NotSoDifferent: When Aubrey finds sheet music and a French horn in the [[spoiler:''Acheron'''s captain's quarters]]. Seconds later [[spoiler:he's almost killed by a French steward who surprises Aubrey much like Killick can]]. Also the enemy captain is seen to have similar problems of keeping personal hygiene (i.e. shaving and combing). Lampshaded at the beginning when Aubrey wonder what the enemy captain's deal is. Maturin speaks his opinion: "He fights like you, Jack."
14th Sep '17 3:09:42 AM JackG
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* BaitAndSwitch: The punchline of Jack's story about dining with Admiral Lord Nelson.

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* BaitAndSwitch: BaitAndSwitchComment:
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The punchline of Jack's story about dining with Admiral Lord Nelson.


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** And Jack's toast "to wives and sweethearts...may they never meet."
13th Sep '17 3:45:12 AM thatmadork
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* ChildSoldiers: Middies are both "Precociously Talented" and "Tragic" types. Blakeney for instance is the latter because he gets maimed, and the former because even after that fact he can still lead a war party of men twice his age and personally kick ass himself. TruthInTelevision: most Royal Navy officers started in their teens.
23rd Aug '17 6:35:12 PM duckofdeath
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first scene sets up the difference between the timid and incompetent Hollom and the brave and competent Calamy. Hollom glimpses the Acheron, the only one on the ship to do so, but lacks the confidence to call an alert on his own authority even though he's responsible for the ship. Calamy doesn't see it but calls the alert in order to be safe rather than sorry when it's clear Hollom won't.
1st Aug '17 3:21:24 AM Greystone101
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* MassOhCrap: The crew of the Acheron collectively crap themselves when it turns out that the unarmed whaling ship they've been chasing, a ship so unthreatening that most of them are calmly sitting on the rails, with no weapons to hand, is in fact the HMS Surprise, a thirty-eight gun Royal Navy corvette, whose starboard battery is now trained directly at them.

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* MassOhCrap: The crew of the Acheron ''Acheron'' collectively crap themselves when it turns out that the unarmed whaling ship they've been chasing, a ship so unthreatening that most of them are calmly sitting on the rails, with no weapons to hand, is in fact [[spoiler: the HMS Surprise, ''Surprise'', a thirty-eight twenty-eight gun Royal Navy corvette, whose starboard battery is now trained directly at them.]]
1st Aug '17 3:16:53 AM Greystone101
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* MassOhCrap: The crew of the Acheron collectively crap themselves when it turns out that the unarmed whaling ship they've been chasing, a ship so unthreatening that most of them are calmly sitting on the rails, with no weapons to hand, is in fact the HMS Surprise, a thirty-eight gun Royal Navy corvette, whose starboard battery is now trained directly at them.



** The faces of ''Acheron'''s crew are priceless when the ''Surprise'' raises her true colors.
29th Jun '17 7:35:35 PM HeraldAlberich
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** Midshipman Blakeney, in charge of everyone left on the ''Surprise'' during the climactic battle, notices the ''Acheron'' gunners turning their guns towards the ''Surprise'''s waterline, aiming to sink her. One cannonade blast later, Blakeney gets his chance at boarding action as he and his fellow boarders charge in to douse the guns.

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** Midshipman Blakeney, in charge of everyone left on the ''Surprise'' during the climactic battle, notices the ''Acheron'' gunners turning their guns towards the ''Surprise'''s waterline, aiming to sink her. One cannonade carronade blast later, Blakeney gets his chance at boarding action as he and his fellow boarders charge in to douse the guns.
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