Sharpe's Revenge



            Get up...pick up your glasses....(Sharpe steps on Duco's hand, cutting it)     

             run back to Calvet


Toulouse April 1814. This is the last town loyal to Napoleon. This is the last battle. And if Napoleon loses he will have to abdicate and make way for King Louis Phillipe.

Sharpe participates in the Battle of Toulouse, at the end of the peninsular War. On the other side are French General Calvet (John Benfield) and Sharpe's nemesis, Ducos (Féodor Atkine), who is in charge of Napoleon's treasury. During the fighting, Sharpe encounters and humiliates Ducos, but lets him escape with his life. Napoleon loses the war and is sent into exile.

Before the battle, Sharpe gives his wife Jane (Abigail Cruttenden) power of attorney over his entire fortune of 10,000 guineas, just in case. She extracts a promise from him that this will be his last fight, that he will ask Wellington for a transfer back to England. However, Sharpe is insulted by another British officer and engages in a duel (deliberately shooting his opponent in the buttocks to teach him a lesson). Infuriated by the quickly-broken promise, Jane is persuaded by her friend, Lady Molly Spindacre, to run away to London and spend some of her husband's money in revenge. Things get out hand when Jane meets and becomes enfatuated with the handsome Lord Rossendale. They become lovers, and he convinces her to invest her money in various projects and pay off his gambling debts. Eventually, she runs out of money, at which point her "friend" Molly deserts her.

Meanwhile, Ducos is ordered by Calvet to take the treasure to Paris, but with the war lost, steals it instead, framing Sharpe for the theft and murder of the guards. Sharpe is brought before a military tribunal (headed by the officer he shot in the buttock) and jailed pending the arrival of a purported witness, Colonel Maillot, the officer in charge of the treasure's escort. In actuality, the Frenchman had rebuffed Ducos' offer to share the loot and had gone home to Normandy in disgust.

meanwhile Sharpe's friends, Sergeant Patrick Harper and Captain Frederickson (Philip Whitechurch), break him out of prison and all three head off to find Maillot. They arrive too late; he is murdered on Ducos' orders shortly before. Sharpe is wounded by Maillot's widowed sister, Madame Lucille DuBert, when she mistakes him for one of her brother's killers. Sharp spends a significant time recperating, cared for by Madame Lucille and eventually they become romantically involved. Harper travels to England to discover the whereabouts of Jane whilst Frederickson travels to Paris, learning the whereabouts of Ducos and is found by Calvet. Sharpe and Frederickson joins forces with the Frenchman and his loyal Imperial guardsmen. Together, they storm Ducos' fortress in Naples.

A battle ensues and the cowardly Ducos escapes through a secret exit - only to return with French troops. Sharpe however hits upon the novel idea of firing money from a baby cannon and the troops soon discard Ducos in preference to picking up coins. Sharpe shoots his nemesis at long range and Calvet recovers the treasure. Between them, Calvet and Madame DuBert clear Sharpe's name.


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Genre Military drama
Original Channel ITV
Starring Sean Bean
Daragh O'Malley
Abigail Cruttenden
Music by  Dominic Muldowney
John Tams
Release date(s) 1997
Running time 100 minutes
Language English







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