Australian director PETER WEIR (Producer/Director/Screenplay) is renowned for such films as Gallipoli, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Year of Living Dangerously, Witness, Dead Poets Society and The Truman Show.
Weir received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director in 1999 for The Truman Show, which starred Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, the unwitting star of the longest-running, most popular documentary-soap opera in history.
Ed Harris (Best Actor in a Supporting Role) and Andrew Niccol (Best Screenplay written directly for the screen) received Academy Award nominations for their work on the critically acclaimed film, which also earned six Golden Globe nominations, including a Best Director nomination for Weir, and a Golden Globe win for Jim Carrey, as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. In addition, Weir was honored by BAFTA with the David Lean Award for Direction for the film.
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MASTER & COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD promises to be the motion picture spectacle of the year. Set on the high seas, Crowe stars as Lucky Jack Aubrey, a captain whose ship is suddenly attacked by a much superior enemy warship. Aubrey becomes a man on a mission and sets sail in a high-stakes chase across two oceans to intercept and capture their foe. It’s a mission that can decide the fate of a nation – or destroy him and his crew.
MASTER & COMMANDER is not only an epic tale of leadership and dedication, but also a powerful story about Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, a dedicated surgeon and trusted friend, played by Paul Bettany. Also, for the first time, thanks to advances in special effects, audiences will feel what it’s really like to be in the heat of the battle and the heart of the storm.
RUSSELL CROWE (Captain Jack Aubrey) has received three consecutive Academy Award Best Actor nominations for his performance in: The Insider (2000), Gladiator (2001) and A Beautiful Mind (2002). He won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Maximus, the Roman general-turned-gladiator, in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Gladiator. This role also earned him Best Actor honors from several critics’ organizations, including the Broadcast Film Critics. In addition, he received nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA.Master and Commander
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