Sharpe's Enemy (1994)

# 14767 IMDb

Sharpe's Enemy (1994

Director: Tom Clegg

Stars: Sean Bean, Pete Postlethwaite, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael Byrne, Tony Haygarth

Action, Adventure, History, War (1h 30min)


Rated 8.0 after 2,273 votes on 27-Mar-19.

1 nomination


Portugal 1813. A band of deserters, including Sharpe's old enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, have captured two women, one the wife of a high-ranking English officer, and are holding them hostage for ransom. Sharpe is given the 60th Rifles and a Rocket troop, as well as his majority to rescue the women. But while Sharpe may be able to deal with his old enemy, he has yet to face a newer threat, the French Major Duclos.


Sean Bean Daragh O'Malley Hugh Fraser Michael Byrne Pete Postlethwaite Assumpta Serna Jeremy Child

Sean Bean (Sharpe), Daragh O'Malley (Harper), Hugh Fraser (Wellington), Michael Byrne (Nairn), Pete Postlethwaite (Hakeswill), Assumpta Serna (Teresa), Jeremy Child (Sir Augustus), Elizabeth Hurley (Lady Farthingdale), Helena Michell (Sarah Dubreton), Tony Haygarth (Pot Au Feu), Michael Mears (Cooper), John Tams (Hagman), Jason Salkey (Harris), Lyndon Davies (Perkins), Philip Whitchurch (Frederickson), Féodor Atkine (Ducos), François Guétary (Dubreton), Nicholas Rowe (Gilliand), Vincent Grass (Chaumier), Diana Perez (Ramona), Morgan Jones (Kelly), Iain Glass (Rossner), Zed Korshoonoff (French Officer 'Godin' (uncredited)), Edsel Kragg (Injured solder (uncredited)), James Saxon (Lady Farthingdale's Escort (uncredited))

From the same director


Eoghan Harris (written by), Bernard Cornwell (novel)

Produced by

Ted Childs (executive producer), Malcolm Craddock (executive producer), Simon Lewis (producer), Muir Sutherland (executive producer)



This is my favorite of the Sharpe series. Why, you may ask? Obadiah Hakeswill; it's the perfect name for the most foul of villains. Pete Postlethwaite is wonderful as the evil deserter, rapist, thief and all-around bad egg. From his guttural language to his head twitch, he exudes the greatest villainy this side of Ian Mckellan's Richard III.

Sean Bean is the swashbuckling Sharpe, with Daragh O' Malley as the faithful Sgt. Harper. We have the "Chosen Men" and Captain "Sweet William" Frederickson. What's not to love? OK, Elizabeth Hurley doesn't distinguish herself, but the rest of the principles do, including Feodor Atkine as Major Ducos.

The whole series captures the flavor of the Cornwell books, although some of the battles are fought on smaller scales. Still, the productions make the most of their budgets and score points for character. If you like historical adventure, romance, swashbuckling, or just great character acting, watch these films.

Memorable quotes

Teresa: [to Sir Augustus] If you were a man, I would call you out, force you to fight a duel, and kill you.

33 total 


Author of the Sharpe books, Bernard Cornwell has stated that a popular idea among the cast was that the next film would open up with Obadiah returning from the grave. Cornwell has also stated that he has long regretted killing off Hakeswill, for as he puts it, 'Useful villains are hard to come by'.

8 total 


1 nomination 
BAFTA Awards

Other titles

Врагът на Шарп (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • Die Scharfschützen - 4. Armee des Schreckens (Germany) • El enemigo de Sharpe (Spain) • Sharpe ellensége (Hungary) • Wróg Sharpe'a (Poland) • Враг Шарпа (Russia)



Australia:M / Finland:K-13 / Singapore:NC-16 / United Kingdom:12



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