Good movies, Napoleonic and prior?


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Lucky
December 13, 2009, 02:29 AM
Really interested in the earliest combinations of firearms into formations and such. There's half a millennium of use and I can't think of any movie I've seen with them utilized. I guess Last of the Mohicans sort of meets the mark. If there are any movies, perhaps like around 16th century 'war flicks' that'd be interesting.

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Gungnir
December 13, 2009, 02:57 AM
From Napoleonic period, you might like to check out the Richard Sharpe series created by British TV.

It follows the adventures of Richard Sharpe who is a rifleman (not a musketman) in Wellingtons Army in Portugal, and winds up saving the Duke from a raid from the French and unfortunately being promoted to an officer. There are prequels too in India.

http://www.amazon.com/Sharpes-Complete-Collection-Sean-Bean/dp/B000E1NWPA/ref=pd_cp_d_1

It's late in your time period, but pretty accurate from a military perspective.

natman
December 13, 2009, 04:14 AM
This is a good deal later, but Zulu, which depicts the battle of Rourke's Drift in 1879 shows the Martini rifle to good effect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu_%28film%29

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058777/

It was also Michael Caine's big breakout picture.

bukijin
December 13, 2009, 04:54 AM
The Duellists (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075968/) by Ridley Scott is an excellent movie set in that period. Well worth watching if you can find it.

natman
December 13, 2009, 07:51 AM
The Duellists (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075968/) by Ridley Scott is an excellent movie set in that period. Well worth watching if you can find it.
+1 Excellent movie.

lechiffre
December 13, 2009, 09:46 AM
Stanley Kubrick's barry lyndon (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072684/)

janedoedad
December 13, 2009, 10:05 AM
Waterloo - 1970.

Not the most historically accurate film. There are great battle scenes and the ordnance is impressive. All done before the age of CGI and digital effects.

ar10
December 13, 2009, 10:35 AM
"Sharpe's Rifles", 15 episodes, BBC. Started in 1990 and covers all the Napoleonic wars, including his escape and return. I love the Baker rifle and one of these days I'll get one.
"The duelist". I have that one also but not as historically accurate as "Sharpe's Rifles".

alistaire
December 13, 2009, 01:35 PM
"Alatriste" Spanish with english subtitles. Several scenes involving Matchlock musketeers.
Marred by compressing 7 novels into one movie and by the truely weird sounds used for gunshots.

rtroha
December 13, 2009, 02:00 PM
Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace released in 1968. It was pretty darned impressive on the big screen when I saw it back then.

Here are scenes from the Battle of Borodino. No CGI here, just 120,000 extras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SVC_9V8K5Y

strangelittleman
December 13, 2009, 07:42 PM
The Duellists by Ridley Scott is an excellent movie set in that period. Well worth watching if you can find it.
Bukijin, you are the man!
I've been recommending that little known movie for yrs. It's Ridley Scott's first movie and Kieth Carradine's best performance...also a good one from Harvey Kietel! A very good movie indeed!

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