Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Captain Aubrey (Russell Crowe) plays cat and mouse with the French ship Acheron. He disguises his war ship the HMS Surprise as a whale boat to fool the French. When the French ship approaches alongside, they open fire and cripple her. Captain Aubrey boards the Acheron to confront its captain, but finds him dead in the infirmary. The ship's physician gives Aubrey the French captain's sword, saying that it was the captain's dying request.
Aubrey commissions his second-in-charge to command the Acheron back to England, with the French crew as prisoners, and they sail away. Hours later, Aubrey learns from Maturin (Paul Bettany) that the Acheron's physician died several weeks earlier of fever. Realizing the Acheron's captain was really the "physician," he opens his sails to catch up with the ship.
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