Sean Bean returns as the stubbornly independent Captain Richard Sharpe in this historical adventure. Sharpe, an officer in the British Army, and his men are in Spain, fighting against Napoleon's forces, when he learns that Teresa (Assumpta Serna), his mistress, has given birth to his daughter. As Sharpe comes to terms with fatherhood, he loses control of the South Essex company, and learns he must now fight alongside Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill (Pete Postlethwaite), his nemesis from his days fighting in India. As Sharpe battles Hakeswill with a vehemence that matches his contempt for the French forces, he looks for a way to regain control of the South Essex company. Sharpe's Company was based on the novel by Bernard Cornwell. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Entertaining, engrossing installment in the 'Sharpe's' series, introducing us to the horrible yet fascinating character of Obadiah Hakeswill, Sharpes' vaguely insane, terrifically violent, cunning nemisis.
Through a series of misfortunes, Sharpe loses his company, his rifles, and finds himself on the seiging side of Badajoz, the fortification where his lover and their infant daughter are trapped. Obadiah, seeing the opportunity to do Sharpe yet another ill turn, plans to follow the seiging companies into Badajoz and reach Sharpe's family first, doing them harm.
A special nod to Daragh O'Malley, whose Patrick Harper is likeable, imposing, and wonderfully Irish.
Also recommended: Bernard Cornwell's series of Sharpe's books, upon which the TV series was based.