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The Prince of the Pacific (Le prince du Pacifique)

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The Prince of the Pacific
(Le prince du Pacifique)
Le Prince du Pacifique Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ESP.jpg Spain
Directed by Alain Corneau
Release Date 2000
Language French
Studio ICE3
Mate Producciones S.A.
TF1 Films Production
Main Cast
Character Actor
Captain Alfred de Morsac Thierry Lhermitte
Barnabé Patrick Timsit
Commandant Lefèvre François Berléand
Moeata Marie Trintignant
Reia Anituavau Landé
Lefèvre's Second Daniel Giménez Cacho
Ma'i Thierry Marani

The Prince of the Pacific (Le prince du Pacifique) is a 2000 French-Spanish adventure movie directed by Alain Corneau. In 1918 a French Navy ship pesters the tropical island in the South Pacific, inhabited by the Hiva tribe, great warriors of the past. Captain Alfred de Morsac (Thierry Lhermitte) has a mission to recruit tribesmen in French Army. But he finds out that the island is ruled by insane Commandant Lefebvre (François Berléand) who uses the natives as his slaves, selling them for mining work on other islands. De Morsac confronts Lefebvre while the island’s child prince Reia thinks De Morsak to be the legendary hero Tefa’aora who would save the islanders from Lefebvre.

The following weapons were used in the film The Prince of the Pacific (Le prince du Pacifique):


Mle 1892 Revolver

Commandant Lefevre's second (Daniel Giménez Cacho) carries an Mle 1892 Revolver in holster. Lefevre (François Berléand) uses this revolver in several scenes. In one scene it is briefly hold by Barnabé (Patrick Timsit). An Mle 1892 is used by a French seaman during the rebellion of natives. What appears to be an Mle 1892 is also seen in the opening scene when Capt. De Morsak (Thierry Lhermitte) leads his soldiers in attack.

Modèle d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR
De Morsak holds his revolver in battle.
Lefevre opens the cylinder.
He is very pleased with the revolver.
Barnabé manages to grab the revolver.
A seaman fires at natives.
Lefevre aims his revolver in climactic scene.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

In the climactic scene De Morsak (Thierry Lhermitte) uses a Smith & Wesson Military & Police.

Orbea Revolver 1892 Espagnol - 8 x 27mm M1892. This Spanish-manufactured clone of M&P revolver was widely used by French army during WW1.
De Morsak finds a revolver that appears really from nowhere.
De Morsak aims the revolver.


Berthier Mle 1916 Carbine

French seamen are armed with Berthier Mle 1916 carbines.

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine - 8x50mm R
A pair of seamen patrol the shore.
A seaman fires at escaping boat.
Seamen rais their rifles against rebelling natives.
Another view of the same scene.
Seamen stand in formation after the conflict is over.

M1867 Tabatière Dragoon Rifle

Several of Commandant Lefevre's Fijian soldiers carry outdated M1867 Tabatière Dragoon Rifles, converted muzzleloading rifled muskets, similar to Snider-Enfield (these rifles are also known as Snider-Schneider, for the Snider system and Schneider manufacturer).

For reference: Tabatière Rifle, converted from full-length infantry musket. The screen guns are shorter but have same loading system.
For reference: Snider Enfield Mk.II** Short Rifle - .577 Snider. French M1867 Tabatiere Dragoon Rifle has similar appearance.
The commander of Fijians (at the right) carries a rifle on sling.
The same man holds his rifle in center.
A view of the barrel of same rifle.
A soldier at the right holds a Tabatiere rifle. It appears to be shorter model than the one seen above.
The same rifle is seen at the right.
Another view of the same rifle.
A Tabatiere rifle is seen at the right.

Remington Rolling Block

One of Fijian soldiers is armed with a Remington Rolling Block carbine.

Remington Model 1867 Rolling Block Carbine - .50-45
A Remington Rolling Block carbine is seen at the left.
A Remington Rolling Block carbine is seen at the background.

Winchester Model 1866

Moeata (Marie Trintignant) secretly owns a Winchester Model 1866 rifle. During her confrontation with De Morsak (Thierry Lhermitte) and Barnabé (Patrick Timsit) the rifle passes from hands to hands until it falls in ocean.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Carbine - .44 RF
Moeata surpsises Barnabé in cave.
Moeata holds De Morsak at gunpoint.
De Morsak holds the Winchester while untying Barnabe.
Barnabé holds the rifle.
The rifle falls from great height.

Jaeger Rifle

What is possibly a percussion cap Jaeger Rifle or one of its relatives, is seen in hands of a Fijian soldier.

Ornate German Jaeger rifle - .62 cal
A supposed Jaeger rifle is seen in center.


Single Barreled Shotgun

Single Barreled Shotguns are used by several of Fijian soldiers.

A man in center holds a single barreled shotgun.
A single barreled shotgun is seen at the right.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotguns are used by several of Fijian soldiers.

A soldier at the right aims his shotgun at Barnabe.
Another view of the same gun (at the left).
A soldier fires double barreled shotgun at escaping De Morsac and Barnabé.


Le Dauphin, the ship under command of De Morsac, is armed with a single gun in about 47mm caliber (possibly a mockup).

A seaman loads the cannon.
A general view of the cannon.

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