Diaries of Rifleman Harris
new commander of the South Essex is about to join
the regiment and so a disappointed Sharpe heads out
for a meal with his new wife, Jane.
the cosy eatery a drunken snob challenges our hero
to a duel but, after discovering who his opponent
will be, quickly offers an apology.
Sharpe is about to fillet him anyway when it is pointed
out that Colonel Bamfylde is actually his new superior
officer. So from those inauspicious beginnings, Sharpe's
career sets off on another downwards plunge - until
he is called on for action and there's plenty of that
in this excellent movie.
is called on to use his military skills to assist
a seaborne raid of France that will involve capturing
a castle and supporting a revolt that will open the
way for Wellington to advance.
to say, the operation is sabotaged, badly handled
and ruined by the various characters and it is only
Sharpe who has the military nouse to save his men
from capture or death.
is also a brilliantly funny scene where an exhausted
Sharpe decides not to take advantage of a rather cute
French woman who offers her virginity to try to get
hold of quinine that may save her mother from a virulent
terrible, but it really does show that Sean Bean has
the man Sharpe down pat by this stage of the series.
The plot, action sequences and script carry you along
on a truly excellent adventure.
Sharpe's Siege is one of the best, if not the best,
in the whole lineup. It is terrific from go to whoa
and there is not one wasted moment. A must have!